“Groundhog Day” (1993) – Learn to live more fully

There are movies that after each enjoyment will see better. I have a few films never deleted. And strange because of this magic. The scene is still the same, the music is still, the actor is the same, nothing changes, but we find new things, new emotions, recognize the things we have not seen before and more penetrating than what I know.

I know a guy on the Internet was watching Groundhog Day 194 times. His name is Robert Black, who continues to write for the film’s title project, with the introduction of “Watching a movie over and over again, a movie about living on all over”. Watching a movie over and over again, the film is about living one day forever, because that’s how life goes. Robert writes about his feelings while watching movies, about life. Can you imagine, more than 200 entries in the past two years started the same way: he watched a movie scene, stopped and wrote.

Are you demonstrating how much a person can love a movie?

Or maybe the opposite: how is a movie so that one can love that?

I am writing this line between the melodies of the soundtrack “The Ice Sculpture,” the gentle melody of one of the most beautiful scenes in the film. Rita sits in the cold winter street, waiting. She bought “Phil” in the auction with all her money and he was giving her a sculpture of ice. Rita, with a flushed face and a happy smile, said she was dying. Phil says he wants to be worth every penny she spends. When he turned the statue back, she said “It was so wonderful” and then turned to look at him, touched, her eyes have a certain light. “How do you do this?” Asked Rita.

“I remember the lines on my face so clearly, I could do it with your eyes closed.”

And the snow falls. I suppose this movie could have been dull, if not Bill Murray, if not McDowell, if not under the direction of director Harold Ramis, and Bill had collaborated in two parts Ghost Buster. That moment was simple, natural and emotional, Rita was happy and bright, and Phil stood somewhere between love and pain. His eyes were filled with sadness, for he knew this moment would pass. And the next morning, “today” will return and Rita will not remember any more.

That was the situation he had in Punxsutawney, a small village west of Pennsylvania. Here, February 2 each year is called “mole day”. People will gather to see the mayor “knock on the door” and see the ball of mouse Phil. If he sees his shadow, it will be 6 weeks longer. Otherwise, spring will come soon. As a weather reporter, Phil Connor is obliged to come here every year to report. Do not know if it’s because of the name of a famous rodent or not, Phil hated this place.

But “moose day” was probably not the only thing Phil felt uncomfortable with. Because he’s a bumbling and selfish person, according to filmmaker Larry (Christ Elliott) told Rita. She is a new radio editor and assigned to accompany. Phil constantly sarcastically both during the trip, and is not afraid to show himself obnoxious. But not just the contempt of his colleagues, Phil is allergic to everyone. From the hotel owner, to the guest at the stairs, old friend selling insurance, all. As Rita complimented the excitement and warmth of the people, Phil frowned and said, “The country house is there.” Phil just wanted to get out of here. When the storm came and stopped the way back, he complained to the policeman. “Do not you see the weather forecast?” The policeman asked. “I’m going to give you my forecast.” He thinks he is smarter than the people in this village.

But the strange thing happened. The next morning, Phil wakes up and feels familiar. The radio show was exactly the same, the two DJs were playing with Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe”. Phil opened the window and saw the scene was yesterday. This is where the story begins. God, or someone else, punished Phil’s behavior by forcing him to live the day he most hated, where he was most disturbed, forever. Whatever Phil does, when the clock reaches 6 am, everything goes back to “mole rat” again.

If you were, what would you do in the situation of Phil? Scriptwriter Danny Rubin cleverly led the story in the way we imagined. Everyone easily recognizes, living the same day is synonymous with immortality and freedom. Phil can do whatever he wants without fear of consequences. He can eat all his favorite sweets, calculate to steal money and become giants (if caught just waiting for the next day), flirt and sleep with every girl in the village … But the fun is soon Fast passing, leaving boredom and fatigue. Everything he did, those who met, what was going on, were cleaned up the next morning.

Living on the same day is just the foundation for something bigger, for Phil, that is the change. There is a reason for him to be stuck, and there is definitely a reason to free him, and I wait. It can only be love, I thought, and Rita appeared. When it was time, Phil began to look around him more clearly, he saw her. Initially just flirting, after much effort and tricks, Phil was able to talk and date with Rita. When spending so much time with a person, Phil gradually understands and loves Rita. She is kind, kind, loves literature, has a brilliant smile and beautiful soul. She is like an angel. In contrast to Phil. He tried to make her love him, but always failed. That’s when you realize that love is not something you get by fake, no matter how many times you try it.

I love movies about the change of a human. In part, because that’s what I rarely do. On the other hand, it gives rise to the belief that people, no matter who, can always be better. The question Rubin writes when writing Groundhog Day is, “What would a man do if he lived immortal? Of course, he will fall out, will spoil, will satisfy all the pleasures that he normally does not have. But until the end, we all will be like Phil, returning to the most basic human nature: love and learning. These are two things that will help us live forever through the endless months. That is what makes life joy never exhausted.

Phil learns to love, not just Rita but all the people in town. He has time to meet them, know them, understand them. He began to understand the other values of life, which made me surprised at first watching the film. I think love will help Phil, but not, not only that. He is slowly falling in love with the place he once hated, loved the people he once hated, and understood the meaning of a holiday he came year by year but never understood. He helped the old man to beg, next to him to know that it was the last day he lived, can not change. Every single dollar or a delicious meal with the instrument, is a gift of the end of life that he has ignored. Phil learns the real deal, because he knows how fragile life is. Every person in the village, like an old man, is no longer a “fool country”. They have feelings, problems, trouble, they can die in a day, fractured feet, felling trees, choking, back pain … Phil lived long enough with them to become relatives of They, and I love them with these beautiful things. He realized that “mole mole” is not just a holiday with a silly game, but it contains the hope and vitality of every person, that winter can also be warmed by human affection and optimistic.

And then, he had Rita’s heart. Naturally, he became the ideal model she dreamed of, without any intention. It is hard not to feel that inspiration, when witnessed by Phil Piano, learned to sculpt, read, became a new man. From the original bastard, he was Rita’s dream man, a kind person who always helped people – someone who was the opposite of him at the beginning of the film. When filming, when director Ramis explained a scene, Bill Murray often asked, “So is Phil good or bad Phil?” Initially, the director was considering a lot of actors for Phil, including Tom Hank or John Travolta, but declined because “they look so good.” Bill has both extremes for change, but the convincing thing in the film, we realize that is still Phil. Not a different Phil, but a better Phil. He wants to be good and learn to be good. That is what we can do, to become a “good” tomorrow better today.

Like Robert Black, the real life is no different from Groundhog Day, when we are living the same day, today. And we should cherish every moment we have, because without having to suffer a curse like Phil, we all know that all will pass. But only those who, when experiencing the happiest moments, still carry the regret of the moment it passes, are the ones who feel the full happiness. I remember a few lines in the book “Plato and the platypus stepped into the bar” just finished reading a few days ago. The author talks about living beings who are always thinking about death, and that it is a good way of life. Hiding the shadow of death. “To live true, we must face the fact that we are going to die, and take the responsibility of living a meaningful life under the shadow of death.” Similar to the same.

I do not see Groundhog Day as much as Black, but I understand why he can watch the movie again and again without getting bored. This is the kind of film that promotes the good in every person, encourages love, harmony and kindness with others.

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