Although over 40 years old, Love Story could very well be the defining story of our time. Madly in love Oliver and Jenny, stand by each other despite all odds. Such is their love story that even death can’t do them apart.
Rich boy meets poor girl at University. They fall in love, marry, hope to raise a family. That’s when they discover she’s terminally ill, and treatment will be pointless. The story is revealed as a flashback.
The celebration of their love touches the heart. Oliver (Ryan O’Neal) completely relinquishes his relationship with his father when he refuses to accept a poor girl Jenny (Ali McGraw) into their aristocratic family.
They start a life of their own, independent of his father’s financial support. It is a simple and austere existence, so that Oliver can finish law school. But the love they share makes these daily struggles seem insignificant. They revel in simple joys and get by on the strength of their love.
That even death can’t tear apart
When Jenny’s illness is discovered, the thought of the unavoidable separation is unbearable.
In a poignant scene, Jenny comforts Oliver that he will go on without her, and that he should not blame himself for what has happened, as “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
Oliver’s opening words which are replayed at the end, echo in one’s mind:
“What can you say about a 25-year old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. The Beatles. And me.”
Like the movie, the music track is tender, even haunting … don’t miss it!
Written by Manjari Chandrashekar, a Communications student at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.
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