A Move towards Empathy

“You’re like Lee Chandler,” she said.


“Lee Chandler, the guy Casey Affleck plays in ‘Manchester by the Sea.”

Jackson liked that film but he did not like Lee Chandler, the way he closed himself off from people.

“That saddens me.”

“That you’re like Lee Chandler or that I mentioned it?”


“The reason I brought it up is that I asked you if you’d like to see Anne perform in the ballet from ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and you said you’d give it a miss though I made it clear I’d like you to go.”

“I know. I’ve thought it over and would like to go see her perform.”

“Because you want to or because you’re afraid of being compared to Lee Chandler?”


It was a little late, Jackson admitted. It would have been better if he’d said so straight off but at least it was a move towards empathy. She would have to give him that.

18 thoughts on “A Move towards Empathy

      • No John. That masterpiece is
        ‘I’m Not There’, made in 2007.
        Casey Affleck’s movie, made a
        few years later, was deliberately
        titled to confuse the two musical
        mockumentaries by naming it
        ‘I’m Still Here’.
        One is a brilliant tribute to the
        Poet Laureate of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
        The other is a cynical load of
        excrement, attempting to be
        humourous. But don’t let me
        spoil it for you if you ever have
        the misfortune to watch it 😎

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  1. that’s quite a diatribe, David ; I certainly won’t bother to see it; it’s disappointing to see Joaquin in such a bomb of a movie after his brilliant portrayal of Johnny Cash in ‘I Walk the Line’ and more recently as the deranged Joker in the film of the same name —


  2. This, as Ulle observed, is really beautifully done. The characters are intriguing and the exchange of emotions and dialogue is so relatable I think Ulle’s comment plus Eden’s are a perfect blend. 🙂 Not sure I can do any better.


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