Film: Garden State

Zach Braff and Natalie Portman are two of my favorite actors.  I saw this 2004 film a few years ago. 
It was part of the official selection of the Sundance Festival and Zach won New Break Out Director at the Hollywood Film Festival.
It is written, directed and stars Zach Braff- He also created the sound track which won a Grammy.

Zach plays a depressed waiter, Andrew, who returns to 'Garden State' aka New Jersey, after a phone call from his father telling him that his mother is dead.  Andrew meets Sam at a doctors office, where she seeks treatment for her epileptic seizures.  Add to that, Sam is a colorful pathological liar.  

Zach Braff describes the film as a story about: love, for lack of a better term. He goes on to say that: it's a movie about awakening. It's a movie about taking action. It's a movie about how life is short, go for it now. My character says, 'I'm 26 years old, and I've spent my whole life waiting for something else to start. Now I realize that this is all there is, and I'm going to try to live my life like that'

The film underlines the theme that as soon as we are able to let go of all of our preconceived notions of what limits us, we become limitless.   
I ordered this film to watch it again.  It is definitely one of those works that can be seen through different eyes as time passes.

What films do you think are worth watching more than once? 


jeanette from everton terrace said...

My daughter suggested this one to me a few years ago, I enjoyed it as well.
I rarely watch films more than once - besides the classics and older ones - Cary Grant type.
I have seen Sliding Doors many times, which is probably a strange choice, but I loved the subtle use of color throughout the movie.

Laura @Art For Little Hands said...

This is one of our favorites too. The soundtrack is wonderful as well.

Krystal said...

I really like that movie! Hmm, a movie is not coming to mind...but I definitely like movies like this a lot

Amber Blue Bird said...

definitely seen this film more than once and I love it each time. Since its getting close to Halloween I think I will be breaking out Rosemary's Baby again. That film never gets old.

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Great recommendation. I will put it on my list of things to see.
Hugs and blessings.

Mary said...

I adore the version of Secret Garden with Maggie Smith playing Mrs Medford. I seriously watch it about once every year, and it never gets old. I also love Off the Map.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I just saw a film this weekend with friends and we had the same conversation, only we were trying to decide on the last really good movie we had seen. Mine was "It's a beautiful life"


Luna said...

Not to mention the soundtrack right? It's one of my all time favourites :)

demie said...

i have watched more than once :
The big Blue
Notting Hill
four weddings and a funeral

does that say something about me ... i don`t know.
sometimes althoug you know what will happen in the film, you enjoy the feeling it gives you. and the film above always give something new. every time

anushka said...

this is one of my favorite all time movies - i own it and the soundtrack - which i may have listened to too many times, because it's been off my playlist now for years. but, i remember around the time this came out we were also in love with watching napoleon dynamite again and again. i just loved that movie!

drollgirl said...

i remember liking this movie, but i can hardly remember it! at all! might need to check it out again!

Kristin H said...

Very sweet film indeed. I like:)

cpcable said...

Haven't ever seen this one, although I have meant to ever since it came out. With your recommendation I'll have to move it to the front of the queue.

Arnab Majumdar said...

They say a good review should make you want to watch the film. This one did - so much so, that I've added the film to my to-watch list right now :)

Thanks for the recommendation... cheers.

Arnab Majumdar on SribbleFest.com

dotblogg said...

what a couple!;)) that must be worth seeing! At last since November I'll have my own dvd! I'll catch up with watching movies for sure!:)

Dani G said...

Definitely one of my very favorites!

Tori said...

(Finally having a chance to catch up on your amazing blog... all the way back to October!) I loved this movie when I was in high school, the sound track blew me away and sort of set the path for my movie tastes. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was another one I couldn't get over. Now, one of my favorites is Fantastic Mr. Fox. <3

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