The Dancing Bag from American Beauty

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Have you watched the film American Beauty before? There’s this poignant scene from the film which I love. Different people could interpret it their own way and for others I imagine they simply see just a plastic bag… where’s your romanticism?

“Do you want to see the most beautiful thing I ever filmed? It was one of those days when it’s a minute away from snowing. And there’s this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it, right? And this bag was just… dancing with me… like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. That’s the day I realised that there was this entire life behind things, and this incredibly benevolent force that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid. Ever. Video is a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember… I need to remember. Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world… I feel like I can’t take it… and my heart is just going to cave in.”

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