It was an accidental find really...one night after watching the movie Office Space another movie started that I remember seeing win Oscars. Little Miss Sunshine. Could any movie with a wacky Grandpa be bad? I think not. Could any movie about the fun of family life be bad? Well...it depends...in this case...i think not. This movie was funny and beautiful and something of a pleasent surprise. I love movies like that...you think you are going in one direction and then you head in another.
Funny and commentary and seriousness in ridiculousness. There was a comfort about the movie that made you feel like you were traveling along in the van with them. And just when you think there could not be anything more poignoint to come along...it happens. A scene that makes you know that you have found a new favorite movie. When the tears fill your eyes. When you can see on the screen a feeling that you have experienced. It is so good...it makes you feel that feeling many times over.
There is an amazing power that siblings have. I have known this for over 28 years...it will be 29 years in August. I have a sister. And there is a secret that all of us older sisters carry with us. Sometimes...a younger sister (or sibling) has the power to do what the older sister (or sibling) spends a lifetime hoping to do. Being the strong one. The one who can make things better when the other is at a loss of what to do or any ucky feeling that you hope they never have to feel.
There is a moment in the movie where a younger sister places her hand on her older brothers shoulder. She puts her arm around him and her head on his shoulder. It should be noted that the older brother has hit that "big black moment" when all you have been working for is pulled out from under you. And then...the younger sister with all the power you could ever need...brings him back. It was perfection. I know that feeling very well.