Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

This has been a favorite of mine since I first saw it in theatre.

P.T. Anderson's last film (though another is set for release this year starring Daniel Day-Lewis) after Magnolia, is about a man who has been reduced to nearly nothing by his seven sisters and finds salvation. The film is a lush display of panic, colour, violence, and tenderness. I found myself rapt even though it was the fourth time I had watched it.

Adam Sandler's character is childlike in every way. He is trying his best to eek out an existence despite having bouts of unexplained crying and violence against walls, windows and bathrooms. And then arrives his angel and salvation. The way this man fears and pursues his salvation so well portrayed that it reveals some key features of salvation - it pursues us, it is beautiful and honestly doesn't care about your past.

The film is full of miracles and mishaps, courage and fear, strength and weakness. It is beautifully written and superbly shot. The fairy tale scene in Hawaii is exhilirating that I could watch it over and over again.


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