A scene that forever haunts me in the best and worst ways is usually referred to as “Am I Ugly?”. The emotion in this movie (and this scene in particular) is so raw and true. I only hope to be able to create a piece of art that can tap into one’s heart like this one.
It’s the kind of movie that stumbles its way into my mind from time to time. The type that you want to watch again but you don’t. To feel the flinching of your heart.
It baffles me at times how strange us humans can be. We often purposefully strive for emotionally painful experiences in the search of meaning. Isn’t that part of the reason why we watch depressing movies or songs? Or read powerful but sad books?
Have you seen this movie before? What is a movie and/or scene that forever haunts you in both a beautiful and heart-breaking way?
– Ermisenda Alvarez
Here is a clip to my favourite scene down below. No spoilers, just a beautiful piece that I’m sure many people can appreciate.
Joel: Yeah, Tangerine?
Clementine: Am I ugly?
Clementine: When I was a kid, I thought I was. I can’t believe I’m crying already… Sometimes I think people don’t understand how lonely it is to be a kid; like you don’t matter. So I’m eight, and I have these toys. These dolls. My favorite is the ugly girl doll who I call Clementine, and I keep yelling at her, “You can’t be ugly! Be pretty!” It’s weird, like if I can transform her, I would magically change too.”
Joel: [kissing Clementine] You’re pretty.
Clementine: Joely, don’t ever leave me.
Joel: You’re pretty… you’re pretty… pretty…
P.S. When I’ve visited movie rental places (haven’t done that in a while!) this movie is always in the comedy section. Whaaa? Have they NOT watched the movie? Just because it has Jim Carrey in it, doesn’t mean it’s a comedy. He did a great job at the serious role.