It’s normal to think that we’ll cry when sad stuff happens on screen,
when a character we’ve come to like dies,
when a relationship we wanted to believe in falls apart
when a favorite animal doesn’t make it.
Of course, we do sometimes shed tears here,
but the odd thing is, especially the older we get,
we start crying not when things are horrible,
but when a suddenly, and unexpectedly precisely the opposite,
甜蜜 柔软 美好 纯真的事情反而让你想要哭泣
when a unusually sweet, tender, joyful, innocent upcoming.
And the little one is Beatrice.
噢 Beatrice 她那个时候看起来就是一个淘气包
Oh, Beatrice, she’s got mischief in her eye, isn’t she?
I’ve got napkins.
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For example, when a rather gruff, distant father shows vulnerability,
I’m proud of you, Flint.
I’m amazed that someone as ordinary as me
could be the father of someone as extraordinary as you.
when two lovers who’ve been growling make it up,
when a child says something incredibly sweet and innocent,
I know. I’m really good.
when someone is so tender with somebody else.
Far more than grimness, it’s a particular grace and loveliness
which can, for a moment, feel heart breaking.
We’re crying not because something sad has happened on the screen,
but because what so lovely on the screen is nudging us to realize semi-consciously
that something pretty sad things had been happening in our lives.
The loveliness is drawing our attention to some of the struggles we face
and to some of the things we really want but finding it so hard to get:
和解 原谅 温柔 一场争吵的结束 一次道歉的机会
reconciliation, forgiveness, tenderness, an end to the fighting, a chance to say sorry.
We start to cry at a brief vision of state of grace from which we exiled most of the time.
We ache for all the lost innocence of the world.
Loveliness and goodness can make the actual ugliness of our existence all the more vivid.
That’s also why, if we would consider the unusual project of creating a robot
that could cry at the movies,
we will have to do something apparently rather cruel.
We would have to ensure that this robot knew all about suffering,
for it’s only against the background of pain, the beautiful scenes in films
become deeply moving rather than merely nice.
Our tears are telling us something key,
that our lives are tougher than they used to be we were little,
and that our longing for uncomplicated niceness and goodness
is correspondingly all the more intense.
But when Johnny leaves her at the end…
没关系 我懂 这是一部很励志的电影
No, I know, it’s a very inspiring movie.
If you tell anyone I’ll kill you.
嗯嗯 我知道 我知道
Yeah, understood, yeah, I understand.