The unexpected initial encounter of Frank Raftis (Robert De Niro) and Molly Gilmore (Meryl Steep) is something that can happen to other people. Christmas shopping can be chaotic and stressful especially when you are running out of time. The shopping bags of Frank and Molly get mixed up at the shop and they do not even realize it because they are both in a hurry. That moment, however, lead to a delightful yet complicated situations. Both of them are married, but when they happen to meet again, Frank reminds Molly of their first encounter and they have become more than strangers from then on, falling in love as they meet more often. Should Frank and Molly continue their love for each other even if it hurts other people?
There is no denying that love happens in the most unexpected places…and situations. Although the plot may seem ordinary, this movie offers a lot of beautiful scenes and dialogues. The performance of Meryl Streep is superb especially in projecting a woman who cannot decide; a woman with two opposing decisions and considerations that run in her mind. Robert De Niro, on the other hand, is best in portraying a seemingly cool guy with an innocent sweet smile, yet having so much running in his thoughts. A question has crossed my mind just now while I am writing this. Can falling in love be planned or does it always happen naturally?
One of my favorite scenes in this movie is the dialogue on the train. The interest and hesitation of both are evident. The awkwardness of the two strangers talking especially about personal information like being married is evident in their faces and tones of voice. I like this scene because it is very natural and realistic. I have seen and listened to strangers talking about their personal stuff in the most awkward ways. But the more often they do it, the better the conversation goes. You see, I have followed up on a number of them through time on a speeding train, slow planes, love boats, busy sidewalks, wildlife parks and everywhere else. This story, as I have said earlier, has a common plot, but I have fallen in love with this movie. Maybe it is because of its being ordinary and that it can happen to anyone like me…and you!