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What a beautiful movie,
This review is from: Bridegroom [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I'm old. I'm not young like Tom and Shane. I'm fat and homely; I'm not fit and beautiful like Tom and Shane. I've never been to Egypt or Paris or Machu Picchu or any of the other marvelous places they went together. I've never been in love, never had a serious lover or a husband or a partner or a relationship anything like theirs. I've lived alone all my life.
I tend to envy and resent people who have what I don't have; so what surprises more than any of you can know is that I'm not jealous of them, at all. I don't resent their youth or their beauty or their passion or their happiness or the adventures they shared or the delight they had in each other.
From my point of view, their story is a beautiful story of REAL love, of a blessed life, a holy life together that very, very, VERY few people ever know - maybe one in a hundred million, if even that many.
At my age I tend to see things long term, not because I'm wise but only because I'm old. I can't help it. When I look at things I see them in the context of centuries, not years. So when I look at Tom and Shane I don't see tragedy; I don't see injustice; I don't see the hateful, ignorant, fearful cruelty in some of the people around them.
Like it or not, those things are ephemeral. They don't last forever. LOVE lasts forever. Joy lasts forever. Beauty lasts forever. What Shane and Tom had will last forever, because, folks, Tom is not dead in any way that matters.
Bodies die, but the persons who live in the bodies never die. Tom is as real and as alive now as he was when Shane kissed him in front of the Eiffel Tower. He left here early, but a thousand years from now that won't matter at all, because they'll have been back together a lot longer than they were apart. That's the wonderful gift this movie gives to anyone who can receive it.
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Initial post: 2 May 2014 18:10:08 BDT
I hope you find love too. You seem like an intelligent and caring person, and like you pointed out all those other ways that matter, so too that stands for you. There are many things I haven't done, and many that I have. I've not finished living yet, so I'm not in a position to take stock and see where I've failed or succeeded. But one thing's for sure, every few years I look back at a photo or something and I think "damn, I looked so much better than I thought I did at the time", so to extrapolate from that - I must be now not as bad as I think I am. I'm getting older too..I'll hit a new decade this year! It's never too late to start doing what we want, with whom we want, when we want. Tom & Shane, your review was so perfect I don't have to write one. Such lovely gentle gentlemen.
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