This Netflix picks, Mermaids, was a hard one to find, even for a Netflix addict like me. It was found by scrolling down not for a little but for a LONG time and it wasn’t the plot that got me, it was the cast – Cher, Winona Ryder, and Christina Ricci. Common, the only thing that would make the movie better is if Bob Hoskins joined the cast. Oh yeh, he does…
The movie is narrated in first person by 15-year-old Charlotte (Winona Ryder), who is living with her flamboyant mom, Rachel (Cher), and little sister, Kate (Christina Ricci). The story centers around the relocation of the Flax family to the ultra-conservative city Eastport, Massachusetts after Rachel relationship with her boyfriend, a married man, ends. The movie is funny in itself – Rachel serves finger food with tooth picks attached for dinner every night, Kate practices holding her breath in the bathtub (something no child should ‘practice’), and Charlotte thinks she is pregnant after kissing and only kissing Joe, her school bus driver.
Okay, so I lied a little when I said the cast and its hilarity is what got me hooked on this movie – it was a good structure for an introductory paragraph. It was a one-liner that Cher said that had question marks floating above my head. During an argument between Rachel and Charlotte, Charlotte states that after eighteen episodes of moving, usually after a break-up between Rachel and her love interest, that she (Rachel) moves away from her problems. Cher rebuts, “I don’t move away from problems, I move on…”
Gosh, is Rachel the master of moving on or is she a prisoner of moving away from her problems? I don’t know. I really don’t. Both sides can be argued true – it depends on your perspective.
And that’s what’s cool about this movie – it gives a lesson on perspective. A lot of life (I hesitate to say all of life) is about perspective. Questions can have two right answers or two wrong answers, it just depends on how the answer(s) is argued and backed up. For all you pattern makers and seamstresses, perspective also applies to you. A common knowledge rule in the industry is that many patternmaking errors have more than one solution. When I worked in tech (technical design), we often gave vendors/manufacturers several options to correct fit issues (i.e. balance bottom hem by eliminating from the front OR balance bottom hem by adding to the back). Also very interesting – when I was an assistant in tech design and had to help different senior techs, I approximate that seventy-five percent of the time each tech gave a different pattern correction for the same fit issue. Each had valid backing for their corrections and thus, all of them could be considered correct.
Perspective… of the Internet, there are so many tutorials, opinions, and how-to’s for pattern making and sewing issues (i.e. – how to slash and open, how to hem jeans, how to draft a sloper). Before considering one approach or method as wrong and underestimating the creator’s knowledge, consider adding their method to your repertoire of methods for the particular issue. Every fit and sewing issue is unique and because of that, every fit and sewing issue requires you to pull out your arsenal of solutions to choose which one is “right,” which all depends, of course, on perspective.