A few days ago, I went with my friend Aneesh to see an independent film called “Safety not Guaranteed“. The premise of the movie is about a reporter and two interns who go investigating the person behind the following classified ad:
Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. Safety not guaranteed.
(Apparently the movie ad was close to a real one published in 1997 in Backwoods Home magazine, which was the inspiration for the film.) The movie is wonderfully quirky (in the best sense of the word) and full of strong, believable performances. I won’t spoil it for you, but something happens at the end which takes the movie from a bittersweet grounding in reality to somewhere else, and I struggled for a bit to accept this jump, but finally have decided that I love it. Ultimately this film is a meditation on the messy uncertainty of love and relationships, and the need to believe and be believed in as conditions for that love. I highly recommend this film, it was a total treat.