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Truly Madly Deeply (1990)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Truly Madly Deeply (1990, UK)

In director Anthony Minghella's romantic ghost fantasy:

  • the scene of cellist Jamie (Alan Rickman) - the ghost of pianist Nina's (Juliet Stevenson) lover after an untimely death, returning to the London apartment of the bereaved - and revealing himself and resuming their relationship: ("I didn't die properly. Maybe that's why I can come back")
  • the scene of their lengthy proclamation of their love for each other: Nina: "I love you." Jamie: "I love you." Nina: "I really love you." Jamie: "I really, truly love you." Nina: "I really, truly, madly love you." Jamie: "I really, truly, madly, deeply love you." Nina: "I really, truly, madly, deeply, passionately love you." Jamie: "I really, truly, madly, deeply, passionately, remarkably love you." Nina: "I really, truly, madly, deeply, passionately, remarkably, uhmm... deliciously love you." Jamie: "I really, truly, madly, passionately, remarkably, deliciously... juicily love you...." Nina: "Deeply! Deeply! You passed on deeply, which was your word, which means that you couldn't have meant it! So you're a fraud, that's it!...(They hugged) You're probably a figment of my imagination. (pause) Juicily?"
  • their song duet (he played on his cello, and then joined her on the piano) of "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"
  • his recitation to Nina of Pablo Neruda's Spanish poem La Muerta (which she translated line by line from Spanish to English) when she was about ready to move on from him: "Forgive me...If you are not living...If you, beloved, my love, if you have died... All the leaves will fall on my breast... It will rain on my soul all night, all day... My feet will want to march to where you are sleeping... But I shall go on living." Jamie then asked: "Do you want me to go?" She hugged him tightly: "No, never, never, never."
  • the scene in which Jamie's fellow ghosts came to him and asked if Nina was ready to move on to a new relationship - with art therapist-psychologist Mark (Michael Maloney). One asked: "Well?", and Jamie responded: "I think so. Yes." The ghosts watched from her upstairs apartment window as Nina left for good to be with Mark from now on


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