Rivers were also my thing. Being a Pisces, I have an affinity towards water. Oceans, lakes, rivers, streams…. I love the mist that rises over the meadows, the rain that falls like mist or in drops large enough to wet whatever they splash upon. I love the fog, the snow, the hail and the sleet. I once found stalagmites under a bridge crossing a canal which looked just like mushrooms! I’ve felt the breath of life itself at the base of numerous waterfalls, the very beginning of some weather pattern which could touch another part of the planet.
I saw the mystery and promise of the trees atop the nearby mountain ranges. Smelled the earthy saltiness of the oceans, whether covered in sand or pebble, stones or driftwood.
Later, I tasted the oysters and could imagine which beach they rested upon. Sipped wine and could taste the various minerals, foliage and irrigation which made up their terroir.
This love of life, this appreciation for the beautiful imperfections that exist in every plant, animal and human, this is the basis of solid character study. No one holds the key to the perfect human life. Not even the most celebrated among us, no matter how lofty their title. Everyone must stumble, suffer and struggle in order to evolve personally and collectively.
This struggle is what movies are about! Whatever the objective, the conflicting complexities of what we bring to life and what life brings to us is at the core of every film you have ever loved.