Poetry in Motion (Pictures): Part 7

By Liz Mannion of the Ritz Cinema, Thirsk.


Poetry in Motion (Pictures) posts are part of a series.

In Her Shoes (Curtis Hanson, 2005) – One Art, Elizabeth Bishop. Who would have thought that a drama about an old people’s home could have generated so much bittersweet emotion as In Her Shoes did? Cameron Diaz, as the wild-hearted Maggie, attempts to read One Art by Elizabeth Bishop to one of her elderly patients – one who is sympathetic to the difficulties she has with reading. As the plot progresses and unearths itself the words of the poem become increasingly poignant to the characters and to the audience. The poetry in this film beautifully reflects an undercurrent of loss that courses through a splintered family.

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent

to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

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