Monday, June 27, 2011
My Own Love Song
Road movies present an opportunity for dramatic character arcs and change. Good ones don’t emphasize the physical journey but emphasize the spiritual journey. Olivier Dahan’s latest film, My Own Love Song, is a little gem that honors and pays homage to the road movie concept. This film is about broken people who are often forgotten and cast away by society.
I read several reviews online concerning this film. Most of them had a very unfavorable view of the film. In fact, it was hard to find anyone who had a good word to say. Most saw the movie as disconnected and disjointed. They particularly found the voice narrative and the fantasy elements to be irritating. I don’t think this film is meant to be taken literally. It’s presented in a dream state and, as I said earlier, it’s an allegory. In my view, the critics are off base and completely miss the point. Bottom line—this is an exceptional film and worth your attention. It is very much a spiritual and a redemptive film that presents the grace of God.
In a desperate effort to discover if others can talk to angels, Joey convinces Jane to embark on a trip to hear an expert talk on the issue. Joey also has a hidden agenda. He found a letter from Jane’s son inviting her to come to New Orleans for his first communion. Jane had to gave up her son for adoption years earlier due the an accident. She is unaware of the letter and Joey’s hidden agenda.
In her own words Jane says, “Nothing is clear in our own world. Nothing happens as we intended it. Will I ever walk again?” All of the characters on this journey will discover the truth about themselves and the world they live in. How can Jane walk again without the ability to walk? Will Jane find the will to reconnect with her son in spite of her limitations? Can she find her voice?’ Is Joey mentally unstable or does he see things other people don’t see?
Jane, Joey, Billie and Caldwell are all drawn to seek something bigger than themselves. Their road is the road of restoration and redemption.