Film Review: Prime

20 May

PLOT: In colorful, bustling modern-day Manhattan, Rafi (Uma Thurman), a 37-year-old photography producer reeling from a recent divorce, meets David (Bryan Greenberg), a 23-year-old painter recently out of college. Rafi’s Jewish therapist, Dr. Lisa Metzger (Meryl Streep), who is working to help Rafi overcome her fears of intimacy, finds out that Rafi’s new lover is–unfortunately for Lisa–her only son, David. Both David and Rafi must contend with their 14-year age gap, vastly different backgrounds and the demands of David’s traditional mother. Despite their intense attraction, the charmed couple soon realizes that vastly different ages and backgrounds create much conflict. A Jewish hip-hop lover and closet painter who still lives with his grandparents, David has little in common with Rafi–a non-practicing Catholic from a wealthy, broken family who travels in the sophisticated, high-end world of fashion. (Courtesy of Yahoo Movies)

I love Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman. So what a delight to see them in one film together. I am not even going to review their performances in this film because theyve both proven time and again that they can act. What I truly enjoyed this film is its honest depiction of the reality that love is not enough to sustain a relationship, or any relationship. Both Rafi and David may be so attracted to each other but its not just the age factor, or the difference in their faiths but what they both want for themselves that were poles apart, not to mention that he is untidy and that he is still a kid at heart playing Nintendo. Rafi knows what she wants and is ripe for motherhood but will it be something that a 23 year old would also want who is just finding his place in the world? Close to the final scene when David said that he is willing to give what Rafi wants because he loves her, Rafi says, “it’s enough that you said it, and that is the gift from you I accept”, and I thought love is indeed about sacrifice, it’s like saying I love you, but I have to let you go. And sometimes letting go really means still loving that person. I loved the way they handled the end scene, I thought, wow, how smart.Relationships come and go because we want to find that person whose goals in life should at least mesh with ours, some of us might take longer to find that person, but who knows? Yes, passionate love is important but when reality sets in, when what we really want to do with our life is not how the other sees as theirs, will our love for that person be good enough to sustain us to continue? The film dares the audience to look at themselves and ask them these very questions.

Prime: ***


2 Responses to “Film Review: Prime”

  1. Pedro Vecino May 29, 2006 at 1:18 am #

    Love is the most wonderful and complicated thing in life.

  2. Monette May 29, 2006 at 1:21 am #

    You can say that again, its hard work to maintain, let alone to survive.

    Have you ever been in love Pedro? *winks* Greatest feeling in the world.

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