Movie Monday: Harold and Maude
Harold is a rich kid who revels in darkness and death, much to his bored mother’s disdain. His perplexing countenance is often wan and always pale. Until the day he meets Maude. She’s 79, much closer to death than he, but so full of life and vigor. The two are quite opposites, but are drawn to each other in a bizarre way.
I didn’t really know what to expect from Harold and Maude before watching it. I heard it was good. A must see, in fact. But I thought it was just an artsy film about a weird kid who becomes friends with a weird old woman. Little did I know it was a love story- A dark romantic comedy with unsettling, inspiring, and perfectly executed details. Really, I’m just looking for an excuse to watch it again.
I guess I should give a disclaimer that if you are sensitive about death, weirded out by the prospect of a love affair between a young man and old woman, then this film might not be for you. But if you are interested in a movie that surprises and inspires, in a beautifully restrained way, then I highly recommend Harold and Maude. There’s really nothing more to say, I suppose. I just loved it.