Posted on 7/28/10 02:39 AM
Such a profound and deeply moving film that stays with those long after they've stopped watching it.
Peter Sellers is Chance, an naivly innocent and isolated gardner, when his carer dies, an attorney informs him that he isn't legally allowed to stay. Chance has very little education and social skills, the majority of his education and social skills being derrived from television.
When Chance is struck by a car, the owners invite him into their home and after his mindless rambling about gardening become mistaken for political profoundity and optimistic philosophy, he makes an impact on lives and becomes a sensation.
I didn't know what I expected from this film, I felt initially it was going to be about 'hope' and 'persevering through the adversity' but it is a much more clever film than that, it isn't a cliche but an emotionally profound, hilarious albiet simultaniously tragic comedy.
Peter Sellers peforming is rich and compelling, not one minute did I think it was Peter Sellers acting, I was utterly convinced that he was Chance the Gardner. How he didn't win that Best Actor oscar I'll never know.
The ending is the most profound and powerful scene of the movie, People hide their true nature and never reveal it, You only know about life what you derrive from it. Life is Subjective...
"Life is a State of Mind"