The Valentines edition of Thursday Movie Picks continues! This weekly event is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves so if you're interested, go and check out her blog and the entries of other participants. For this week, it's all about May-December romances. Here are my picks this week:
Sayuri/Chiyo and the Chairman, Memoirs of a Geisha
The whole film chronicles Chiyo’s journey to becoming a geisha and fulfilling her ultimate goal: to be with the Chairman. She meets the Chairman when she was a young girl, and he was very nice and pleasant to her. Their story is born out of hardships and chances, with Sayuri (her geisha name) being determined to get closer to the Chairman. Their age difference doesn’t really play a role here; her strong admiration for the Chairman has developed into love after many years.
Maria and Captain Von Trapp, The Sound of Music
The age difference also doesn’t play a factor here, as we all know this ends happily for them, relationship-wise. Maria is the new governess of the von Trapp household, and manages to win the hearts of the children and the Captain when she brought music and laughter back into the house. Their scenes together had so much tension, especially the dance in the courtyard.
Mary and Dr. Mierzwiak, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Now this is a relationship that doesn’t end in good terms. Mary works as a secretary for the Doctor and has developed a massive crush on him. However, she finds out in the end that they used to have an affair, and that she had asked him to erase all their memories together, to forget about the pain. Mary’s scenes are about as heartbreaking as Joel and Clementine’s.