7 thoughts on “Wanting

  1. I tried to find the post where we discussed the film “Julieta” in the comments section, with no success. I’ve finally been able to see the film. It’s one of those that has really stayed with me and I plan to read the short stories by Alice Munro which were the basis of the film. I was struck by the difference between Julieta as a young teacher of classics, full of energy, laughter and sass; and the character beaten down by loss as time and life go by. Also, the incident with the man on the train, from whom she flees, finding him creepy and no doubt thinking that he’s hitting on her. Very topical, and thought provoking when approached from that angle. As a side note, Alice Munro lived here in Victoria, BC, with her husband in the early sixties. They opened a book store (“Munro’s Books”) that is still in business, though it is now owned and run by (former) employees.


    1. It was on the other blog. I’ll find it and post it here. So glad you saw the movie and liked it. He’s a special director, isn’t he? I need to refresh my memory of it. What I remember of the train sequence is the train speeding through the night and the image of her making love to the man, seen from outside the window. Loved it. I didn’t know it was based on a Alice Munro story.


      1. Yes, he is a special director. There was an older man who came into Julieta’s compartment and wanted to talk to her. She ran away from him and he later committed suicide by going onto the tracks when the train was coming. So, then she knew he wasn’t hitting on her – he just needed someone to talk to.


  2. It has something to do with guilt, I think. Just as she felt abandoned by her husband, both because of his infidelity and his death; as well as the abandonment by her daughter, she was guilty of abandoning that man in his time of need. Also, she feels guilty about her husband’s death because they argued just before he went out fishing in a storm. Perhaps it’s inevitable that we abandon and are abandoned? One interesting thing that came up in my “research” is that Almodovar has been criticized and accused of misogyny because he creates strong women characters and then takes away their strength. I’m about to start reading Alice Munro’s stories – I’ll let you know if there are any more insights there.


    1. How typical that Almodovar is accused of misogyny. These so-called “feminist” critiques are so tiresome and uncomprehending. Here’s a man who has devoted his artistic career to women — their loves, their struggles — who views women as the very source of life, the very source of the world, and still they carp. As if losing one’s strength, being reduced, being made vulnerable, is not the very essence of the human condition and the arc of every story that has ever been written about human being. Are women not human beings?????? It’s like all the boosterism about “strong women” on Facebook or Instagram and so on. I think to myself, “And what if I’m not strong? What if I’m vulnerable, confused, depressed, anxious, sick, poor, drug-addicted … am I not to be respected????” Surely, strength is being able to accept one’s vulnerability, one’s inadequacies, not pretending one is above mere humanity by “being strong”.


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