Two people lost in remembered music, half hidden in the shadow of a castle on a moonlit hill, Louisa Clark and William Traynor were from contrasting worlds and would never have met each other if things weren’t the way they were.
Following a road accident, William became paralyzed and his whole world fell apart. A rich Londoner with a very happening life, a very surly William finds himself completely out of place in a life limited to his wheelchair and bed. On the other side of town is Clark, a bubbly middle class, free spirited girl in desperate need of a job. Yes, his family ends up hiring her as his caretaker. That is when she makes a dramatic entrance with her sweet smile and ridiculous clothes into William Traynor’s life.
She is determined to do her job well and cheer him up, but William seems to be broken beyond repair as he goes deeper into his shell, shutting her and everyone else out. But nobody can ignore Louisa’s cheerful personality for long and soon enough she finds a way to connect with William and his sarcastic sense of humor. In between talks of buttered croissants, jam, numerous cups of tea and caring for him through bouts of pneumonia, Louisa learns some truths that shake her. She makes it her purpose to breathe life back into him and make him feel every moment is worth living, despite how dreary it seems.
“I wanted to will something into him. I wanted to give him every bit of life I felt and force him to live.”
The story blooms into an unconventional romance and Louisa puts her heart and soul into the six months she spends caring for William. She did make a difference in his life and he begins to feel a connection with the world once again. He also teaches her to spread her wings, insisting that she could do anything, absolutely anything she wished. William gives a new direction to Louisa and for once in her life, she learns to put herself first.
“I let him know a hurt had been mended in a way that he couldn’t have known, and for that alone there would always be a piece of me indebted to him.”
One might think that the appearance of Louisa could have been a ray of light amidst his pain and it was, but his life was much more complicated than that. “This could be a good life, but it’s not my life,” says William. He doesn’t want to wake up everyday to more pain, exhaustion wishing it was over. Louisa’s persistence, “I would rather be with you — even the you that you seem to think is diminished — than with anyone else in the world,” wasn’t enough and the story takes a different turn altogether…
It is a romantic comedy, a tear-jerker and a cynical story, all wrapped in one. Jojo Moyes the writer of this book turned into movie also happened to write the screenplay of the movie, which makes it more heartening and the passion is not lost. The technicolor backgrounds and fantastic scenery add to the beauty of the movie.
It may be a predictable story, but one that urges you to watch until the end. It is thought provoking and addresses an aspect of suffering that very few can actually comprehend. It also shows how imperfect life is and how when we find that one purpose, we are standing at the beginning of a forked road and the choice to make lies within us.
The ending may find many viewers judgmental, but how you interpret it is entirely up to you.
“Most days all you have are places in your memory that you can go to”
I rate this movie 4/5 stars
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