I can not believe I have not already written about this movie. It is one of my favorites, one of the movies I watch when my husband is at work and I have a day off to myself. But I searched my blogs, and it is not in there, except in a reference to a line one of its characters says: “That’s exactly what’s wrong with the world today — there is way too much reality happening.”
This is another indie movie, with a great cast: Brendan Fraser, Joanna Going, Ann Magnuson, Angus MacFadyen, Lou Rawls, and Celeste Holm. Fraser plays Fletcher, a San Antonio street performer (puppets) who comes from a long line of men who dream or have visions about their true love . . . and then go and find her. Going plays Roz, the woman he sees. But Roz thinks of herself as broken . . . she had dreams once, of falling in love, of doing something with her art, but she’s gotten hurt too often, and now she uses her creativity to survive. Roz is a classy con artist, who gets money from men, hopefully without giving them sex in return. She lives in Los Angeles, but she does not really like the town, or the way she makes money. After Fletcher’s vision, they begin sharing simple dreams, dreams of innocence, the sort that make you feel good when you wake up. Fletcher comes to L.A. and finds Roz, but she thinks he is a “mark” a friend has set her up with. She is drawn to Fletcher, and that upsets her.
I will not tell you the whole story. 🙂 This is another one of those movies where people are living outside the norm, but that is a good thing. Most of the characters are very creative, and interesting. Celeste Holm does a great job of playing Fletcher’s grandmother, who uses her tuba to play classical music and jazz. The locales the movie is set in are also part of the story, such as the beautiful old house Fletcher lives in, the Formosa bar in Hollywood, and the Rose Window in Mission San Jose in San Antonio. This is a very hopeful movie, one that helps you believe you can be who you want to be, and that the creative things you do everyday ARE a form of art.
“Still Breathing” came out in 1997, and is listed as comedy, drama, and romance. It runs 109 minutes, and is rated PG-13 for sensuality and a scene of violence. It is a quietly powerful movie, the sort that means more when you think about it later. And yes, it is a feel good movie. On a scale of 1-5, I give it a 4.