Notting Hill, Indefinitely

Ini pertama kalinya saya nonton Notting Hill (1999) film rom-com lama. Awalnya saya tertarik karena lihat ada Hugh Grant masih muda dan charming disitu. Dan ceritanya sendiri, meskipun plotnya so sweet, tapi banyak humor garing dan pengambilang scene-per-scene masih agak kurang rapi menurut selera saya. Anyway, ada beberapa scene yang tetap oke IMO, salah satunya scene ketika Anna datang ke toko bukunya William, to get him back..

William: Anna, look, I’m a fairly levelheaded bloke, not often in and out of love. But, can I just say no to your kind request and, leave it at that?

William can barely keep eye contact while speaking and poor Anna, her eyes are so big in anticipation until the realization sets in. She smiles as she speaks, but you can feel her trying to stave off tears.

Anna: Yes, fine. Of course, I, of course, I’ll just be going, then. It was nice to see you.

William feels the need to explain his choice, get her to know why he’d say no to be with her. His nervousness as he speaks and her face, oh that poor utterly heartbroken face made me put my hand to my chest.

William: The thing is… with you I’m in real danger. It seems like a perfect situation, apart from that foul temper of yours, but my relatively inexperienced heart would, I fear, not recover, if I was once again cast aside, as I would absolutely expect to be. There are just too many pictures of you, too many films. You’d go and I’d be, well, buggered, basically.

Anna: That really is a real no, isn’t it?

William: I live in Notting Hill. You live in Beverly Hills. Everyone in the world knows who you are. My mother has trouble remembering my name.

*Chuckle and sigh, oh William just say yes!*

Anna: Fine. Fine. Good decision. Good decision.

Anna still smiles but it doesn’t reach her eyes. She pauses, as if to make him understand who the person really is before him.

Anna: The fame thing isn’t really real, you know.

Anna pauses again and you can hear the heartache in her voice, hear and see the tears welling.

Anna: Don’t forget I’m also just a girl…standing in front of a boy…asking him to love her…

OMG! Anna just broke my heart! Her pleading eyes and wide grin… Sniffle and grab a tissue!

Anna: Good-bye.

William is left utterly speechless and says nothing. He says absolutely nothing. Anna points to a very special gift she leaves for him before walking out the door.



Setelah itu, saya paling suka sama adegan endingnya. So sweet bangetlah.. Hugh Grant emang charming banget di sepanjang film ini, tapi keliatan paling charming di adegan ini. Mungkin karena efek zoom-in zoom-outnya juga sih, anyway, I love their dialog but you’ve got to see the video for this part

and here we go, the script on the conferences scene:


	Huge room -- full of press.  Row after row of journalists,
	cameras at the front, TV cameras at the back.  Anna clearly
	gives press conferences very rarely, because this one is 
	positively presidential.  She sits at a table at the end of the	
	room, beside Karen: on her other side is Jeremy, the PR boss,
	firmly marshalling the questions.

		Yes... You -- Dominic.

		How much longer are you staying in the 
		UK then?

		No time at all.  I fly out tonight.

	She's in a slightly melancholic and therefore honest mood.

		Which is why we have to round it up now.
		Final questions.

	He points at a journalist he knows.

		Is your decision to take a year off 
		anything to do with the rumours about 
		Jeff and his present leading lady?

		Absolutely not.

		Do you believe the rumours?

		It's really not my business any more.
		Though I will say, from my experience, 
		that rumours about Jeff... do tend to 
		be true.

	They love that answer, and all scribble in their note books.
	Next question comes from someone straight right next to 

		Last time you were here, there were some
		fairly graphic photographs of you and a 
		young English guy -- so what happened

		He was just a friend -- I think we're 
		still friends.

		Yes, the gentleman in the pink shirt.

	He is pointing straight at William, who has his hand up.

		Yes -- Miss Scott -- are there any
		circumstances in which you two might be
		more than just friends?

	Anna sees who it is asking.

		I hoped there might be -- but no, I'm
		assured there aren't.

		And what would you say...

		No, it's just one question per person.

		No, let him... ask away.  You were 

		Yes, I just wondered whether if it
		turned out that this... person...

			(to William)
		His name is Thacker.

		Thanks.  I just wondered if Mr. Thacker
		realized he'd been a daft prick and got 
		down on his knees and begged you to 
		reconsider, whether you would...

	We cut to Max, Bella, Bernie and Honey, all watching.  Then back 
	to Anna.

		Yes, I'm pretty sure I would.

		That's very good news.  The readers of 
		'Horse and Hound' will be absolutely

	Anna whispers something to Jeremy.

		Dominic -- if you'd like to ask your
		question again?

		Yes -- Anna -- how long are you 
		intending to stay here in Britain?

	Pause.  Anna looks up at William.  He nods.


	They both smile -- suddenly the press gets what's going on --
	music -- noise -- they all turn and flash, flash, flash photos
	of William.  Max and Bella kiss.  Bernie kisses a total stranger.
	Spike finally makes it -- he's bright red from running.

		What happened?

		It was good.

	Honey hugs him.  It's a new experience for Spike.

	Cut to William's face -- flash after flash -- still looking at
	Anna.  They are both smiling.

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