Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Falling in love

My all time favorite falling-in-love scene is from While you were sleeping.

The key players start out a bit suspicious of each other. Then they knock over a vase, spilling ink(?) on his brother's carpet, and agree to put the couch Right There. And they laugh. And we all laugh. Then they walk and talk together, into the cold, and learn a little bit more about each other. He wants to build furniture. She has lost her family. And now they're people with hopes and dreams and fears, warming up to each other a little more. Then just before parting, they slip on the ice into each others' arms and pause long enough to Notice.... And then awkwardly separate. He leaves. From her window, she watches him walk away, smiling. And we know she Likes the guy. And by then, I Liked him, too. A lot. Just thinking about it still makes me smile. A perfect falling-in-love scene.

Sure he wasn't as gorgeous as your standard vampire, with no mystical powers or anything. And he wasn't helplessly attracted to her and her alone for no apparent reason. But he made me laugh.

Hence it is my favorite.

I am taking a poll. What is your favorite falling-in-love scene, and why? (Because I want to get it right in my novel.)


That one kid's dad said...

There's a bunch of them in season 2 and 3 of "The Office" between Jim and Pam, especially if you're looking for the awkward, unspoken kind of falling in love.

Lisa, Skye & little MC said...

Love that scene! I'm old fashioned and love it when John Brooks takes Meg glove in Little Women...but I sort loved Eric Stoltz growing up

lenalou said...

Mine's kind of similar to yours in certain ways (I have lots of favourites, but this is one example). Roman Holiday, Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. He actually starts out with pretty negative motives, but through having a really fun day together and getting into a couple of tricky situations involving policemen and royal guards, they end up falling/jumping into the river, and then...they realise...

And then it has that whole tragic "they can never be together" ending, but it's very lovely.