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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 04:01 pm
my father had two crowns

Watched Little Children the other night. I absolutely loved Todd Field's first movie In the Bedroom, and his second one packed the same kind of intense, intimate wallop. I also dig that the DVD included no commentary or special features, as per the director's wish.

A lot of scenes and images stuck with me, and I've been puzzling over one in particular for a few days now. The Kathy Adamson character is minor, the wife of one of the main characters, and she's a documentary director. Her only real display of emotional depth in the film is when she briefly discusses, with her husband, an interview she's editing with a boy who lost his father in Iraq. Later, there is a brief scene in which Kathy is watching some of the interview footage. This is the dialogue. The boy's delivery is solemn and considered.

Kathy: The day that you found out that your father had been in Iraq, do you remember that day? Can you talk about that? You feel comfortable talking about that?

Boy in Documentary: After the men came, to tell my mom, I cried ... but ... she didn't. She just went up to her room and grabbed the pillows off the bed. Cut the tops of them off with a pair of scissors, and there were feathers, all over the place.

Kathy: That must have really frightened you.

Boy: No. She was trying to find the crown.

Kathy: The crown?

Boy: The crown you leave in your pillow, when you've slept on it for a long time.

Boy: My ... my father had two crowns.

There's a quick-cut to Kathy viewing the footage, and her eyes are red as she tells her assistant to stop there.

I really should watch it again, to try to derive the meaning from the context of the surrounding scenes. I think I've got why it affects her, but still working out what the boy is referring to.

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solteronita
see the moon? it hates us.
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)

http://www.meta-religion.com/Paranormale/Other/death_crowns.htm


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)

Thanks! I should have clarified. I found that article and a few others, but I can't find any reference to the significance of two.


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solteronita
see the moon? it hates us.
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)

Ah, gotcha. Dang. I totally thought I'd saved the day.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)

I totally appreciate that you looked! It's a pretty neat/weird concept, and when I watched the film I certainly wasn't familiar with it, but then when I did look it up, it just puzzled me more.


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solteronita
see the moon? it hates us.
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)

Lookin' stuff up is what I do. I'd never heard of this either, so it was interesting to read about!


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rainblogger
rainblogger
rainblogger
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)

Based solely on your description, I offer:

One crown may be the mantle of courage, of valor, of selfless service to the greater good; the other may be the crown of family, of selfless service to the immediate few.

Makes me wanna watch the film, regardless. Thanks.


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thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 07:37 am (UTC)

Even though I didn't say it at the time, when you replayed this scene for me the other night, I totally knew you were going to blog about it.


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(Anonymous)
Sunday, August 15th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)

I think I know what it means. This particular scene isn't in the book, but it comes up just around the time when Kathy starts getting suspicious of Todd (Brad in the movie). The meaning of two crowns is that he had one at home and one at another person's house. Meaning that his father was unfaithful, this prompts Kathy to believe that Todd(Brad) may be cheating on her. This is why she calls him right after. . . for some reassurance.
I hope this helps.


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