Thursday, November 4, 2010

Quotes- Perspective

Charlie Kaufman: There was this time in high school. I was watching you out the library window. You were talking to Sarah Marsh.
Donald Kaufman: Oh, God. I was so in love with her.
Charlie Kaufman: I know. And you were flirting with her. And she was really sweet to you.
Donald Kaufman: I remember that.
Charlie Kaufman: Then, when you walked away, she started making fun of you with Kim Canetti. It was like they were making fun of *me*. You didn't know at all. You seemed so happy.
Donald Kaufman: I knew. I heard them.
Charlie Kaufman: How come you looked so happy?
Donald Kaufman: I loved Sarah, Charles. It was mine, that love. I owned it. Even Sarah didn't have the right to take it away. I can love whoever I want.
Charlie Kaufman: She thought you were pathetic.
Donald Kaufman: That was her business, not mine. You are what you love, not what loves you. That's what I decided a long time ago.
-Adaptation, 2002

I watched this movie on suggestion from my friend Thomas Heard, who by the way has excellent cinematic taste, and instantly it became one of my favorites. Donald and Charlie are two identical twins (both played by Nick Cage). They are exactly the same and yet one has an amazing life while the other loathes and laments his existence. It reminds me that perspective is everything and this exchange perfectly captures that feeling.

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