She had ambition. She had short lived desires. Ambition intertwined with desire. The tangle delivered her to lower social encounters each night.
Perceptions revealed to her too late. She committed to reaching her ambitions. Outcast to the margins she kept her smile.
Sunday 21 June 2014 Update: Martine, unsure but convinced and committed, remains with Xavier in New York. With her two children. And just like that Martine becomes Xavier’s ex-wife; the ex-wife that moved to New York with his son and daughter to live with her boyfriend. While we aren’t given the opportunity to know Martine’s ex-husband this light layer of hypocrisy is just the right amount to start a non-stop Chinese Puzzle cycle. Coming to mind several weeks after viewing the film I wonder at the unsensed emotional ties this movie has created.
These types of stories are rarely uncommon. Trials and tribulations of life leading to happy endings. We’re expecting the happy ending and sometimes that makes us sad. If only our lives could be as lucky. Feelings are messy for all but only the most desensitized flesh bags on two legs. As Xavier, a Parisian unwillingly forced to extract himself from lovely Paris to the noise and diversity of New York City, struggles to find a way, a path, I saw myself time again in Xavier’s shadows of the real world. And Martine. She’s perfectly perfect.
Time to organize and settle down. Oh, the feelings this odd movie kindled within me. I think I understand how woman searching for romance must feel. Definitely inspirational though unlikely in some parts, the Chinese puzzle of this man’s life, Xavier, solved. Happy endings are wonderful especially in our own lives.