It’s a messy movie. I still love it though, there’s something in the messiness and the pain that feels real and true. The basic plot, if you’ve never seen it: Harrison Ford plays Dutch, a D.C. Internal Affairs cop and Kristin Scott Thomas plays a Republican Congresswomen. Their spouses have been having an affair and both get on a plane together that ends up crashing. This disaster ripples as the two slowly unravel what has been happening without their knowing and as they do they find a comfort in each other. This is a movie about how we can never really learn all of the secrets that hound us and it’s a movie about trying to move on when you’re entire world has changed.
There are so many stories about problems that happened during the production of this movie. It flopped at the box office. Harrison Ford apparently said after making this movie that he would never work with Sydney Pollack again. I don’t know if he actually said that, but in the ten years since the movie was made they didn’t work together and now Sydney Pollack is dead, so there isn’t a chance to find out otherwise.
I don’t know what the performers felt like while they were making this movie, or how often the script was changed, or if there was all sorts of turmoil or not on the set; what reads on screen is a mystery that as it continues even deeper into the past we find that they are only chasing shadows … shadows of the people that they thought they knew and the people that they thought they were with these people who died and left them filled with holes. Scott Thomas’s character keeps trying to move on and put the past behind her (and maybe start something new with Dutch) and Ford’s character Dutch can’t let go of the fact that he didn’t know and can’t solve this one mystery.
“You’ll never find what you’re looking for. Ever. You want to know why and there is no why.”