Thanks to Andrew at Encore for reviving his wet blogathan. The whole idea of cinematic wetness sounded interesting so I decided to take part. The objective here was to pick a single scene from any film that showcased rain and used it as an important moment for the story. I just had to choose the ending to the Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris (2012 Oscar winner for best original screenplay). Allen has become really great at paying homage to beautiful cities around the world and this film is no exception. This scene in particular played on the adage of the beauty of Paris in the rain.
To me, the rain here represents rebirth and a new beginning that is sweet and touching for Owen Wilson’s character Gil. Gil is a man that has forever lived in the past, yearning to be apart of decades long ao that he has always viewed as better than his own. The end of the film begins this discovery that life is best lived in the present and could possibly hold just as much wonder and enjoyment. In this cinematic moment, Gil decides to take a chance on a potentially new love. It’s a simple yet beautiful scene to watch unfold.
Gil: “Can I walk with you, or I’ll buy you a cup of coffee or… Oh, ok, now it’s starting to rain”
Gabriella: “No, but that’s okay. I don’t mind getting wet.”
Gabriella: “Yeah. Actually, Paris is the most beautiful in the rain”
You can watch the scene below: