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  •  READER COMMENTS

    Reader comments on Blue Car

    Subject: Re: serious and disturbing
    Date: Dec 19, 2003
    Sender: JoshuaPrevious | Next

    AJ -- I think you're exactly right. Many people are interpreting "Blue Car" as a child-molester story, but that's not right at all. The story is about the girl Meg, not the teacher. The sexual encounter is just one of the things that happens in her life, and it happens for complex reasons, not because of an evil plot by the teacher.

    There are no simple characters in the whole movie. (Except maybe the friend's brother who cheats her. He's just bad.) Everyone in the movie has good intentions and human weaknesses. They don't always act the way they know they should. The girl Meg is as imperfect as any of them -- she does a number of very wrong things in this movie -- and yet there are a lot of things about her that we can admire. The mom is losing her marbles, but she's still doing her best to hold her family together. The teacher seems to love helping smart kids to explore their potential, but he has his moment of weakness too. I think you have to respect the film for daring not to provide any easy answers or characterizations. This is one of my favorite movies of the year.

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    Response to this comment:
    Re: serious and disturbing

    I don't think any of you get it. He wasn't an SOB, he wasn't a rapist and he wasn't trying to trick her. As I mentioned before, he was just as screwed up and tortured as she was. It's not like I'm trying to defend rapists. I truly believe he really cared about her. Cheers to Montcrieff for leaving the film open. Imagine what cookie-cutter crap it would've become had she closed it, had Auster gone to jail. Ugh. This was a great flick and I fear that the majority of you couldn't be farther off from its true message.






    Comment index:

  • shifting in the red   from Heather Brittingham, Oct 11, 2003
  • Regarding the teacher - what do you think?   from Zoom, Oct 25, 2003
  • Re: Regarding the teacher - what do you think?   from L Dale Walter, Jul 9, 2004
  • serious and disturbing   from Dorothea, Oct 29, 2003
  • Re: serious and disturbing   from rick, Dec 17, 2003
  • Re: serious and disturbing   from AJ, Dec 19, 2003
  • » Re: serious and disturbing «   from Joshua, Dec 19, 2003
  • Re: serious and disturbing   from Bon, Jun 24, 2008
  • Re: serious and disturbing   from kaylbe, Jul 2, 2005
  • David Strathairm   from Blue Car, May 24, 2004
  • Amazing   from Farooq, May 30, 2005
  • music   from cari, Jul 17, 2005
  • Re: music   from megan, Mar 19, 2007
  • Who wrote the poems for Blue Car?   from Katie B., Nov 12, 2005
  • shifting in the red   from Heather Brittingham, Oct 11, 2003
  • Regarding the teacher - what do you think?   from Zoom, Oct 25, 2003
  • Re: Regarding the teacher - what do you think?   from L Dale Walter, Jul 9, 2004
  • serious and disturbing   from Dorothea, Oct 29, 2003
  • Re: serious and disturbing   from rick, Dec 17, 2003
  • Re: serious and disturbing   from AJ, Dec 19, 2003
  • » Re: serious and disturbing «   from Joshua, Dec 19, 2003
  • Re: serious and disturbing   from Bon, Jun 24, 2008
  • Re: serious and disturbing   from kaylbe, Jul 2, 2005
  • David Strathairm   from Blue Car, May 24, 2004
  • Amazing   from Farooq, May 30, 2005
  • music   from cari, Jul 17, 2005
  • Re: music   from megan, Mar 19, 2007
  • Who wrote the poems for Blue Car?   from Katie B., Nov 12, 2005