This movie does it for me every single time.
|photo courtesy of IMDb|
For those of you who have never seen it, it's the story about a group of close-knit women who experience the highs and lows of life together. It's filled with humor, sarcasm, wit and, unfortunately, sadness.
One of the scenes, which causes me to cry a river is the funeral scene where M'Lynn (Sally Field's character) is trying to make sense of her daughter, Shelby's, death.
At first, she begins to explain calmly, "I find it amusing. Men are supposed to be made out of steel or something. I just sat there. I just held Shelby's hand. There was no noise, no tremble, just peace. Oh god. I realize as a woman how lucky I am. I was there when that wonderful creature drifted into my life and I was there when she drifted out. It was the most precious moment of my life."
And then, she becomes angry when one of her friends ask if she's okay.
"I'm fine! I can jog all the way to Texas and back, but my daughter can't! She never could! Oh God, I am so mad, I don't know what to do! I want to know why! I want to know why Shelby's life is over! I want to know how that baby will ever know how wonderful his mother was! Will he ever know what she went through for him! Oh God, I want to know why? Why? Lord, I wish I could understand!"
Now that I'm a mother myself, watching this scene is absolutely gut-wrenching simply because, through M'Lynn's words and actions, I can imagine how painful and deep this type of heartbreak and sadness must feel.
You just want to make sense of such a tragic loss but you know deep down it'll always be something you fail to understand. You're forced to go through the natural steps of the grieving process, although I would imagine I'd get stuck somewhere between denial and anger for quite awhile.
Towards the end of the movie, there's a scene where Shelby's toddler son becomes frightened and runs through a crowd of people until he runs safely into the arms of his grandmother, M'Lynn. It's such a sweet, heartfelt moment...and that's the part where I always breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that everyone will be okay, even though they're still reeling from the grief of losing a loved one.
This movie makes you FEEL...it takes you to places in your mind and your heart that you don't really want to ever go.
I don't think any one person can watch this movie and not be affected by it somehow.
* For this workshop, I chose the prompt, "What is it about that movie that makes you cry every. time?"