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A meditation on love and its various incarnations, set within a community of friends in Oregon. and is described as an exploration of the magical, mysterious and sometimes painful incarnations of love.
[first lines, voiceover narration] Harry Stevenson: There is a story about the greek gods. They were bored, so they invented human beings, but they were still bored, so they invented love. Then they weren't bored any longer, so they decided to try love for themselves. And finally they invented laughter, so they could stand it.
Harry Stevenson: We have our illusions about people, our hopes and they can blind us, but the end is always right there in the beginning.
[from trailer] Bradley Smith: Do you think love is a trick or do you think that it's the only meaning there is to this crazy dream? Margaret Vekashi: Which do you believe? Bradley Smith: The second one.
Esther Stevenson: How was your walk? Did I miss anything? Harry Stevenson: A cool breeze, a softball game, and two women falling in love. Esther Stevenson: With each other? Harry Stevenson: And one of them is married. The funny thing is, nobody noticed. Not even the husband, two feet away. Esther Stevenson: [chuckles] I'm sorry I missed that. Harry Stevenson: I imagine he will be, too.
[talking about getting the dog at the humane society for Kathryn] Bradley Smith: You know what I feel like doing? I feel like just driving over there and grabbing the little guy before somebody else gets him. Oscar: So just do it, though, you know? Go for it. Bradley Smith: Yeah? You think? Oscar: You only live once. [short pause] Oscar: Probably.
[voiceover narration] Harry Stevenson: Sometimes you don't know you've crossed a line until you're already on the other side. Of course, by then it's too late.
[Bradley and Harry are sitting on the bench by the football field reminiscing of the past year and a half] Harry Stevenson: God is either dead or he despises us. Bradley Smith: You don't really believe that. Harry Stevenson: Maybe. I saw the most remarkable thing just now. I wandered into the stadium, I thought I was alone but down on the 50-yard line there was a couple making love. I watched for longer then I should have. I was envious. And then I felt sorry for them. There's so much they don't know. Heartbreak they can't even imagine. Bradley Smith: [sighs] Well, even if they knew, it wouldn't change anything. Harry Stevenson: How so? Bradley Smith: Well, Chloe knew what was gonna happen to Oscar. Harry Stevenson: What do you mean she knew? Bradley Smith: She did. She went to some psychic lady who predicted the whole thing. Harry Stevenson: She believed her? Bradley Smith: Yes, Harry. She did. And she didn't run away. She didn't crawl into a hole. She found them a house, she threw away her birth control, and she married him. God doesn't hate us, Harry. If he did, he wouldn't have made our hearts so brave.
[talking to Oscar] Chloe Barlow: Most junkies, you know, even if they never use again, it doesn't matter. It's too late. They're just gone, you know, permanent zombies. But then there's junkies where all the horrible places they've been, all the horrible shit they've done, the fact that they come back from it makes them better people than if they'd never used in the first place. [pause] Chloe Barlow: That's you.
[entering the coffee shop] Chloe Barlow: Hey, you need anybody to work here? Oscar: [to Bradley] Yes! Yeah. I mean, if that's all right with you. Bradley Smith: You... You have any experience with this kind of work? Chloe Barlow: No. Oscar: [interrupting] Neither did I when I started. Bradley Smith: Do you like coffee? Chloe Barlow: Not much. Oscar: [interrupting again] She'll learn to love it. Bradley Smith: But why here? Chloe Barlow: I don't know. I just kind of felt a harmonic convergence in this place. Oscar: She's right, you know? I felt the same kind of thing. Bradley Smith: [looking confused] Ah.
Bradley Smith: What's making you smile like that? Margaret Vekashi: Looking out the window, an unusual man, an innocent man, an open-hearted man. Someone who has given tremendous love, but never had it returned, not in the way he deserves.
[about getting the dog for Kathryn] Bradley Thomas: What do you think? Harry Stevenson: I think I'd proceed with caution.