We can learn a lot from movies and truth usu­ally comes out

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Isaw Blue Jas­mine re­cently. Woody Allen’s films are an ac­quired taste but this one has had glow­ing re­views. I loved it. Cate Blanchett’s per­for­mance is mag­nif­i­cent. New York so­cialite Jas­mine hits hard times and moves to San Fran­cisco to live with her sis­ter Gin­ger. As the story un­folds we see how Jas­mine has gone from Man­hat­tan’s Up­per East Side to her sis­ter’s spare room, from be­ing madly in love to vi­cious re­venge. Gin­ger’s re­la­tion­ships with men are also por­trayed. I no­ticed some in­ter­est­ing points about re­la­tion­ships. Sin­gle girls should take note. The ir­re­versible dam­age that out­side fac­tors have on a pre­vi­ously happy mar­riage is high­lighted as well as the re­al­ity of what some women will set­tle for. The abil­ity to turn a blind eye when it suits is as­tound­ing. There’s also the sug­ges­tion that some women are ap­peal­ing in the short term but not the long term. In another scene the past was de­scribed in a way that wasn’t strictly ac­cu­rate but showed the char­ac­ter in a more flat­ter­ing light. That’s al­ways tempt­ing but usu­ally the truth comes out. Mean­while, a friend’s mother is vis­it­ing from Mel­bourne. A key topic on the mother’s agenda is my friend’s sin­gle sta­tus. She’s in­ter­ro­gat­ing her as to why she’s still sin­gle. It’s like peo­ple ask­ing you where you last saw some­thing you’ve lost. If you knew where it was, it wouldn’t be lost. If we knew why we were sin­gle, per­haps we wouldn’t be. Maybe it’s be­cause we’re not will­ing to set­tle. ● Queen­stown’s Sin­gle Girl is look­ing for true love. Ad­vice and po­ten­tial can­di­dates should be emailed to mir­ror@stl.co.nz

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