I campaigned enthusiastically to watch this movie with Gary as part of his effort to find a movie his mom will like. I had fond yet vague memories of loving it, particularly the ending when - well - I didn’t quite remember.
[spoilers, with additional spoilers for scenes that exist only in Gary’s imagination]
So, two men are awful to Olivia de Havilland, and she has tremendous scenes in which she destroys them. Was your father mean to you? Watch the scene when she confronts her father. Do you have abandonment issues? Watch the last scene. Is your self-esteem based on knowing that other people were wrong about you? Watch the whole movie.
Gary watched the movie and the said, “Well we can’t show that to Mom, because of the suicide.”
”Well they make it obvious she’s going to kill herself. She said she’s never going to embroider anything ever again.”
”Yes, she’s abandoning introspection and is going to live life to the fullest.”
”Oh no, can’t you see, she’s going upstairs to kill herself.”
I mean, she does look determined, I’ll give him that … but … a whole coda in which she kills herself because she’s off embroidery?
How many hobbies have I turned on? Has Gary thought I was going to kill myself each time?