“Worlds”         3: Love — or Loves?  (excerpt)

This story starts in Long Beach, California

The stirring film is almost over in the projection room of the Art Theatre in Long Beach. It is a poignant love story that many of the viewers applaud while the credits are rolling. But reality regains control over the emotions, and while a procession of names moves slowly down the screen, the viewers get up and leave, one by one, before the theater lights have even been switched back on.

An old man remains in his seat – Brian. Without reading them, he gazes at the lines scrolling down the screen, letting himself be rocked by the slow music that accompanies the end of the film. He waits for the emotion to subside that has taken hold of him during the story; this has gone so far that he’s shed a few tears, now drying in the corner of his eyes. He is feeling emotional, even if he knows that he should not. For this story, like all love stories, is a lie.

Brian Azulay is talking to himself. Let’s listen.

Once again! I’ve allowed myself to be softened up by an imposture. And the subtitle of the film that says: “Based on a true story.” It should say: “Based on a real lie.” They always want to make us believe in eternity -- to forget that time, as it passes, is the worst enemy of every passion.

Starting with the marriage proposal, American couples form in euphoria. Decorum is added to the sequins to make the greasepaint even thicker that exaggerates the force of the emotions. Whitney Houston sings “I Will Always Love You” and hearts melt. “ALWAYS”? How many of these couples will still be together in a few years?

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