Movie: Imagine Me & You (2006)
Starring: Piper Perabo, Matthew Goode, Lena Headey
Synopsis: It’s Rachel and Hector’s wedding day and all is going according to plan. Luce goes to see about some flower arrangements. But as Rachel is walking down the aisle, she and Luce make eye contact. It’s only for a second, but a connection is made. Rachel quickly pushes it to the back of her mind- she’s about get married after all! And they go on with the ceremony. At the reception Rachel and Luce become fast friends. Some time later, Rachel speculates that she and Hector might set Luce up with Hector’s friend Coop. That’s when Rachel learns that Luce is a lesbian. Hector is work long hours at the office and he encourages Rachel’s growing friendship with Luce, unaware that the growing friendship is actually something more. Rachel is in a difficult position. She can’t deny her love for Luce. But at the same time, she’s married to Hector. He’s a decent man who doesn’t deserve to be hurt. Can she deny her growing feelings for Luce and honor her commitment to Hector? Or will she follow her heart?
My Thoughts: Several people have mentioned this movie in my “ask” box and since I saw it fairly recently I thought I’d do a post about it. One of the things that I found interesting was that even though this is about about two women in love, it’s not an “issues” movie. Rachel’s distress isn’t over the fact that she is in love with another woman- she doesn’t feel the need to define herself as heterosexual or homosexual or bisexual, really. Her problem is that she has a husband she cares about. They’ve married after having a long term relationship. Is she going to throw that away for a connection (essentially made at first sight) to a person she’s only know a little while? Is what she has with Luce really love at first sight or is the attraction some kind of post-commitment panic on Rachel’s part? Rachel is sorting through these questions in the movie. She’s not really concerned with labeling herself. We as the viewers feel for Rachel. we understand that she and Luce have fallen in love (yes, perhaps at first sight). We want them to be together and be happy. But we also feel sympathy for Hector. He’s not perfect but we do see why Rachel cares for him and is so reluctant to hurt him so deeply. Without giving anything away, I will say that in some ways this is a traditional rom-com. There are some laughs along the way, and the character’s story lines are resolved in a way that I found to be satisfying (meaning it make me smile).