Monday, October 10, 2011

Todas las canciones hablan de mí


Ramiro (Oriol Vila) and Andrea (Barbara Lennie) go their separate ways after six years of being together. He tries to force himself into believing that he is over her, even attempting to move to Canada to teach Spanish, but his attempts are in vain. During their time apart he rediscovers his passions in life, rekindles his love for poetry by publishing a book, and sleeps with other girls he meets. Still, he just can't get over her.

This is a typical breakup movie. By that it means boring, dragging, and depressing, which is how most breakups are likely to be. The story is told from the point of view of the guy and involves the common formula used by breakup movies such as depression, self-pity, and rebound sex. The film is divided into various parts, each introduced with a chapter number and a title, presenting it like some kind of a novel. Perhaps this story would be a good read, but as a movie, it does not have anything special to set it apart from other movies of the genre.

The title is kind of self-explanatory. One does not have to experience a breakup to feel as if all songs or stories were about you. It is just a common human trait, the whole self-absorbed the-world-revolves-around-me drama. Give yourself a break. The earth revolves around the sun, and it will not take a break just because you do.

I welcome the idea introduced by the girl in one of the dialogues regarding how one should commit an act of disloyalty once in a while, an act of betrayal not necessarily to a certain person, but rather to the past, to routine, so as to give hope for some sort of evolution for the future. In short, embrace change. Be spontaneous. Too bad she somehow contradicts this later. Still, it is a simple message that makes a lot of sense.

I like the ending, or maybe just the scene before it, which is open-ended. You do not know if they end up together. However, the guy says it all with his lines. What matters to him is the here and the now, which is what should be the case. You don't even know if tomorrow would come, and life is too short to wallow in self-pity. Even though it won't be a standout in a crowd of breakup movies, I appreciate this movie's attempt on optimism, because breakup or no breakup, there is a future waiting out there.

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