• #ppframe • the holiday (2006) was a simple film with a slightly over-the-top plot... but it totally worked. one of the leading ladies, iris simpkins (kate winslet) is a wedding columnist who is in love with an ex-boyfriend/colleague. she is a hopeless romantic who bends over backwards to please him, even when he has clearly moved on, and only keeps her around as per his convenience.
to get away from the heartache, she plans an impulsive trip to l.a. for christmas.
in this frame, iris goes to dinner with arthur (eli wallach), a famous screenwriter from the "good old magical days" of hollywood. the elderly (and obviously more experienced) arthur observes iris and questions the odd choice of spending her holiday with a stranger in a foreign country. to which a distraught iris breaks down and confesses her desire to escape reality and the burden of unrequited love from a man who treats her like a doormat... though not in so many words.
arthur offers a "brutal but brilliant" advice that, "in the movies, we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. you, i can tell, are a leading lady but for some reason you're behaving like the best friend." you can almost feel the transition and shift in perspective for iris - all she needs to do is stand her ground and view herself as a "leading lady" of her own life. so delightfully charming!