Friday, July 11, 2008

Jellyfish thought (spoiler)

A SPOILER HEAVY thought about Jellyfish ....

One thing I was left to wonder is whether the bride and the writer are the same person at different points in life. Certainly, that seems to be the case with the waitress and the little girl. The final scene suggests a world in which past and present are merged. So the hints - attraction to the same man, the poem - suggested to me that that my theory might be the case. I'm not ready to declare it yet, though.

4 comments:

Daniel G. said...

As I said at LiC, not understanding everything in this movie either makes it better or worse, but I don't know which.

K. Bowen said...

Better, Daniel. Definitely better.

Evan Derrick said...

Oh, I like that thought! I definitely caught whiffs of that between Batia and the little girl, but I think you may be dead on with the bride and the writer, especially considering the symmetry of their poems/suicide notes. And, you know what? You could make the same parallel true for joy. She is on the road to becoming estranged from her son (who is back in the Philippines), and she is working with an elderly woman who is completely estranged from her adult daughter. Joy and the crotchety old woman are the same person at different stages as well.

Bingo! I think you've hit the nail on the head here, Kevin. Bravo, my friend, bravo. I wish I had made this connection for my own review...just a brilliant observation.

K. Bowen said...

Evan, I like your take on Joy. There's definitely mirroring going on in a lot of these characters. It's hard to tell to what degree these characters are literally the same character.