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Shortbus

October 4, 2016

s-busThe only ‘Christian’ review I could find called this film ‘perverted’ and ‘dangerous’ but it is  about colourful characters trying desperately to connect. Seeking to connect is born of a spiritual impulse, even though this film might be about seeking in the wrong direction. Saint Augustine: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” and all that.

There are also some good lines:

 Justin Bond’: “As my dear, departed friend Lotus Weinstock used to say, ‘I used to want to change the world. Now I just want to leave the room with a little dignity'”

Severin: Why are you crying?

James: I look back to things that were when I was 12 years old. I’m still looking for the same things now.

 and movingly (the mayor was apparently based on Ed Coch):

Tobias, the Mayor: Therefore, we’re sane. Consequently, we’re the target of the impermeable. And the insane. And of course, New York is where everyone comes to be forgiven. What’ve you done wrong? Tell me. How have you sinned? I’m sure it’s nothing serious.

Ceth: How would you know?

Tobias, the Mayor: Well, I’m… I’m sure you did your best. But imagine if you grew up here, like I did. Home can be very unforgiving. It’s true. People said I didn’t do enough to help prevent the AIDS crisis, because I was in the closet. That’s not true. I did the best I could. I was… I was scared. And impermeable. Everybody knew so little then. I know even less now. [Ceth kisses him]

IMDB says: should not be viewed by anyone under 18. But there’s a GCSE English coursework page about the film at http://www.markedbyteachers.com/gcse/english/film-review-shortbus.html

And why the extended shot of the Statue of Liberty? Perhaps it was Mitchel’s way of announcing that lady liberation was going to have her way.

Though many see it as pornography, in fact this film is about the emotional revelations of James and Sofia, and the relationship between James and Jamie.

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