Monday, August 27, 2007

Alan Ball: dead man talking

[Lester Burnham, dead, speaking off-camera
Floating over some dumbass anglo suburb]

I guess I could be pretty pissed off
At what happened to me.
But it's hard to stay mad
When there's so much beauty in the world

Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once
And it's too much
And my heart fills up like a balloon
That's about to burst

And then I remember to relax
And stop trying to hold on to it
And then it flows through me like rain
And I can't feel anything but gratitude

For every single moment
Of my stupid little life

You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure
Don't worry
You will someday.

American Beauty (1999)
Directed: Sam Mendes
Written: Alan Ball
Acted: Kevin Spacey