December 11, 2013
I first saw The Royal Tenenbaums when I was in middle school. I wasn’t old enough to see R-rated movies. I remember that because my friends mom had to bribe the ticket seller to let us in without her.
I fell in love with the Owen brothers, especially Luke. His portrayal of Ritchie Tenenbaum sent my heart a fluttering. I also really felt emotionally connected to Margo Tenenbaum — a moody, probably quite emotionally immature woman who hid away from everyone. Margo and Ritchie were in love. It made sense to me.
I was probably 14 at the time. My friend and I were surrounded by adults — and no one was laughing. To me, the movie was a comedy - dark, but hilarious!. Everyone around me was silent. But, I was cracking up, snorting out my soft drink and choking on popcorn.
The other day I was walking down my street in Berlin and passed by a white building. Inside everything shined. On the window I saw one of my favorite lines from the beginning of The Royal Tenenbaums:
"Dear Eli, I’m in the middle of the ocean. I haven’t left my room in four days. I’ve never been more lonely in my life, and I think I’m in love with Margot."
I smiled so big & snapped a picture. It felt really whimsical reading that, sorta running into it on the street. A little piece of a memory from America showing up in Berlin.