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Sunday, March 20, 2005

Shall We Dance 3 (and a few more thoughts....)

I also enjoy the dance scene -- great music and a great progression for Livy in this one, starting with the dialogue in the truck en route to the dance, her willingness to let Ray teach her to dance, and her quiet observation of Martha and the love she is surrounded by. The awkwardness and tension created by Livy and Ray first touching each other in order to start the dance is just great to watch -- the actors do a good job with it.

The discussion in the truck on the way to the dance is a bit of a turning point (in the movie - I guess there is no dance scene in the book) in that Ray's comment about "in the span of a lifetime, owning the land is near everything" does seem to give Livy pause, she looks at him with almost a new respect or certainly a realization of his point of view.
I've been reading the book this weekend and it does give a lot of insight into Livy's feelings (I wonder why it's Livvy in the book, but Livy in the movie?) In the book, Livy is really aware of Ray's loneliness and the vulnerability of his feelings and she seems to try to make him not fall in love with her because she does not want to hurt him. The book reveals that Abby's point of view on Livy's situation even before Livy leaves Denver is that she'll give birth, divorce Ray and then return to Denver. Livy is probably thinking that option is what will come to pass and she doesn't want to leave Ray with a broken heart. The book Livy worries that she'll go insane because of the isolation and the thought of escape back to Denver must keep her going through the long days on the farm by herself. Although we were all frustrated at her for not letting Ray kiss her after the "Troy dinner," the book helps to understand why she wouldn't/couldn't let that happen.