Sunday, September 12, 2010

Learning from movies - Pretty Woman - the third turning point

Okay, so we have the story well underway. Edward is doing his business thing, being kowtowed to be all and sundry (he doesn't even remember the hotel manager's name). Vivienne is having a different experience. She tries to go shopping to buy a wardrobe for the week, and is sneered at by a horrible woman in a shop, who tells her 'you're obviously in the wrong place, please leave.' Everyone on the street casts her hooker outfit shocked glances, and to top it off, the hotel manager questions her, he doesn't want a hooker in his hotel.

Living in Edward's world is more difficult than she expected.

But the hotel manager has a heart of gold. He organises a shopper to help her buy the perfect outfit for that evening's meeting. Teaches her how to use the cutlery, and helps her out. So when Edward arrives that evening to take her to dinner, she looks perfect. Later Edward goes down alone to play the piano, Vivienne goes to find him - the story deepens, he is closed off, solitary. they make love.

Lots of story building goes on after this, the feel good scene where Edward takes her shopping, the polo match, where she informs a bunch of stuck up ladies that 'she's just using Edward for sex. ' Edward has changed too, wearing a tie that Vivienne bought him. They seem perfectly suited until the moment when Edward notices her talking to a business rival. He makes a critical mistake, revealing to his lawyer that Vivienne is a hooker.

The bubble bursts.

The lawyer sidles up and suggests they spend time together after Edward leaves.
Vivienne is upset. Back at the hotel, she and Edward fight.
She says,  'I've never had anyone make me feel as cheap as you did today.' Vivienne asks to be paid, Edward throws a pile of money on the bed.
When his back is turned, Vivienne leaves, leaving the money untouched.
The dynamic has changed, its no longer all about money.

Edward sees she's left the money. He follows her to the lift.

~If he wants to keep her he'll have to do more than the scant apology he offered before, he'll have to be honest. Here comes the third turning point~

He says, 'I'm sorry. I wasn't prepared to answer questions about us. I was stupid and cruel, I didn't mean it. I don't want you to go. Please stay the week.'
'Why?' Vivienne asks/
'I saw you talking to David Morris. I didn't like it.' Edward replies.
'We were just talking.'
'I didn't like it.'

There's a humourous break, while the lift arrives, complete with attendant. Vivienne doesn't want to go - so the lift doors close again.

Then Vivienne is honest with Edward. She has been staring straight ahead, but now she gazes at him.
'You hurt me.'
'Don't do it again.'

After this scene, we see Edward and Vivienne in bed. She's talking about her previous boyfriends. She explains how she became a prostitute. She was too ashamed to go home when she found herself poor and alone. Edward says 'I think you are a very bright, very special woman.' Vivienne replies 'The bad stuff is easier to believe. Ever notice that?'


  1. Pretty Woman! Sigh.

    I love how you've broken this down, Sally!

  2. Thanks, Talli! I'm totally in awe of how you get so many comments on your blog! You'll have to let me into your secret, can it be as easy as mentioning knickers?
    (think I might do a knickers blog post to find out!)

  3. Gosh, see this explanation makes sooo much sense to me. Except I'll probably balls it all up in the execution, lol! Thanks for the lesson, though, I'll know where to come when I need a refresher. You rock!

  4. Aaaah, now you got me wanting to see it AGAIN! So simply done huh? Nice going, Sally. :-)

  5. The chocolates on your cover look tasty!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog commenting on my cover. As you can imagine, I'm so excited about Sleepy Hollow Dreams!

  6. Hi Jackie! Go ahead, see it again. You know you want to! Hi Taryn! Sleepy Hollow Dreams looks so great!