X-mas time is movie time, right? I’ve watched a big one, “Out of Africa” by Sydney Pollack. Used to bore me, these kind of movies, but everything has its time…

Out of AfricaSo, the whole drama is about love and freedom, if and how they fit together in a relationship. Redford’s character stands for freedom above all things, and that’s why Meryl Streep loves him. He says, “I’m with you because I choose to be with you. I don’t want to live someone else’s idea of how to live.” But that’s not enough for two people to stay together, she feels lonely and neglected at times: “Why is your freedom more important than mine?” she asks. “It isn’t. And I’ve never interfered with your freedom.” “No. I’m not allowed to need you. Or rely on you, or expect anything from you. I’m free to leave.”

While they are trying to keep the real world outside, apart from their love, the magic gets lost along the way. Redford’s idea of freedom and “the best kind” of love, “the kind we wouldn’t have to prove,” is not working for her and them on a long term. And he? Must admit that she’s right in the end; with his ‘unique’ declaration of love: “You’ve ruined it for me, you know.” “Ruined what?” “Being alone.”