film recommendation #1

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Thanks to my friend Robyn over at The Robyn Diaries, I got the opportunity to watch What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993) the other week. Starring the oh-so-beautiful Johnny Depp and an eighteen-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio, the film explores the caring nature of Gilbert Grape (Depp) towards his younger brother, Arnie Grape (DiCaprio) who suffers from a severe mental illness. With a morbidly obese mother fit for nothing and a cute, cropped-haired Juliette Lewis thrown into the mix, this film is beyond beautiful - it's the perfect mix of raw emotion, stripped-down acting and delightful cinematography.

If you haven't already seen it - it wasn't even on my radar! - it's definitely worth a watch. It has to be one of my favourite films of all time and I might be watching it again any day now...


Becky: Tell me what you want, as fast as it comes to you.
Gilbert: Uhh...
Becky: Okay?
Gilbert: 'Kay.
Becky: Okay. What do you want?
[He's thinking about it]
Becky: Faster!
Gilbert: Okay. I want a new thing. House. I want a new house. And a family.
[He sighs heavily]
Gilbert: I want Momma to take aerobics classes. I want Ellen to grow up. I want a new brain for Arnie. I want...
Becky: What do you want for you? Just for you?
Gilbert: I want to be a good person.

1 comment:

  1. I love this film! We got it free in a paper like 3 or more years ago & Johnny Depp is sooo good in it. Now thinking it's time to watch it again


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