I had a long time to consider the value of memory, and the idea that just because some-thing doesn’t last forever doesn’t mean its worth is diminished. Maybe it was just a rationalization – easier on the soul than mourning what might have been – the life unlived. I honestly don’t know, but I chose to believe in memory. I chose to believe in her. I chose to believe that the bond was never broken and that we carried each other in our hearts. As a secret singularity. She made me a writer. She made me a man. There would be other loves. Even great loves. But she was right, only one remained perfect.
A young, aspiring writer and an older married woman. Sounds like a forbidden love story and yet, it is so much more. It is a fascinating story of two people from two different worlds, with different views regarding life and love, and how they help each other become the best version that they can be. She helps him become the writer that he always desired to be and he makes her believe in love.
Like so many other movies before, the main theme here is love. A tragic, forbidden love that brings out the best in its characters. Maybe with some clichés but you can actually feel the emotion in this movie. With a smart written script, that brings the best out of its charming characters, you can’t help but feel touched by an overwhelming feeling of : ”what could have been”.
As for the characters, Benerice Marlohe, the female lead character, steals the show. She is marvelous to watch. I think I have fallen in love with her every time I saw the movie. Her charm, her grace, the way she talks with that erotic French accent makes everything seem so real. But the best thing about her is the way she smiles. The smile of a woman in love.
For the male lead, Anton Yelchin, he plays with perfect ease the shy boy thrown into a much bigger world. He starts as a boy, but he grows into a man worthy of the love of an amazing woman. Although in a rather tragic way, be becomes the man that he always knew he could become.
And yet, besides the love and the characters, probably the best part of this movie is the ending. The movie ends in a tragically beautiful way, worthy of a Shakespeare drama. I will not spoil how it ends, but you can’t help but feel a little bit disappointed because it’s not what you would have hoped. Because in the end “Your favorite story, whatever it might be, was written for one reader”.