Dear Ol Parker,
What a delightful movie, Wow!!! There are no words to express what a beautiful story this is. The scenes, backgrounds, images, colors, etc.. just couldn’t be better, not to mention the actors. I would like to take this opportunity to respectfully congratulate you and the cast and thank you for this beautiful movie. It’s been a long time since a movie like this is unveiled. Although I respect the job most good actors do, now at days, movies are either about aliens, horror, war or just the ordinary cloned comedy, love, drama. Unfortunately, we are living in a time were love is needed so much, especially in western culture (here in the U.S.). Sadly for many of us, Imagine Me & You did not make in theaters at my home town, Miami, FL on the other hand; I kept hearing good comments about the movie which led me to the internet for research. I found that on every of your interviews, every time you were asked why the two leading ladies didn’t have more time together, (i.e. when they kissed in the flower shop) you kept saying you didn’t have enough of a budget. Even though the scene only lasted a few seconds until Heck’s entrance in the flower shop, it was so warm, romantic, passionate and heartfelt all at the same time. Even though, love makes us do things without rational thinking, Luce was rational and had high morals and respected Rachel’s marriage. How come, Rachel and Luce never said, “I love you” to each other throughout the movie? It would have been nice to add more bonding scenes between them. With all said, I would have given this movie six stars out of five. With more money/budget and strong advertising, this movie would have topped the charts for weeks, in my opinion. I really hope the DVD which I pre ordered over two months ago pays off.
PS: Please stop saying negative remarks about your directing skills; you are an excellent director with a beautiful and creative mind. I cant wait to see your next project.
PS#2: I love and treasure your country.
Jenny – Miami, FL
hi stella again
hullo mr parker, first of all congratulations on a terrific movie now i have some questions for you, first of all if you had to change anything on the final story or final script what would it be?Also could you please tell us more about the deleted scenes of the dvd?
it's true that piper and lena spend a lot of time looking at each other in the movie. there's a beat between them in their first scene at flowershop, just before luce says 'anyway, I was just serving a customer' that more or less makes all words redundant for the rest of the film, I think. scenes with the two of them were enormous fun to direct - they're very great friends, so we'd all just laugh a lot.
Loved the character of Edie….were there any other scenes with her that were cut from the movie?Webmaster
eva birthistle is a phenomenal actress - check out the very great film 'ae fond kiss' - and we were extremely lucky to get her. there is one more scene that she was in near the end of the movie, that I cut for some reason I've forgotten now, but which seemed valid at the time. but it's on the dvd, and she rules in it, as she does always.
First of all thank you for making Imagine Me & You, it is the
warmest, fuzziest film I have seen in a long time. Thanks also for writing
such great and honest characters. I could rave about this film for days,
thanks for being so kind. and really, feel free to rave for a while, you don't have to censor yourself on my account.
lena and piper never actually tested together. piper read for me when I went to new york, but that was mainly about the accent, I wasn't worried about her acting chops. and lena I knew and loved anyway. she and piper had hung out a lot while making 'the cave', and you could just see from the big smile each had when I asked about the other how well they'd got on. and if people are having a good time before and after the cameras are rolling, they'll probably have a pretty good chemistry onscreen. they just laughed a lot together. which made my life and my job not just easy, but fun.
thanks again for your compliments, and question.
One word to describe the actors
Any ad-libing by the actors or did you want them to stick to the script?
some actors love to adlib, and some just commit themselves to making
whatever dross you've written work, even if they could say something much
better. I like adlibbing in rehearsal - if it's funny we can put it in,
and I'll take the credit for it. darren is a very good adlibber, as is
matt. although I think I cut almost all of his, they were usually totally
obscene. there's one, if you're interested, in his big speech on the phone
at work. he whacks in a line about cupping someone's balls that I never
wrote, never would have written, but I couldn't cut it because it's all
in one shot, and the rest of his performance is a tour de force. but that's
typical of his highly scatalogical sense of humour.
Current and future projects?? Any chance of a follow up to IMAY for
us to see what has happened to all the wonderful characters you created?
I'm just hanging out, writing the next one. I've been lucky enough to
be offered movies just as a director now, but I think and hope that if
I do direct again, it'll be something I've written. but no, no more imay,
those characters can stay where I left them. sitting on a bench, on a
beautiful hill, laughing.
my question for Ol is, were you at all upset/frustrated with how IMAY was promoted and the lack of theaters it was shown in? also, why do you think it was like this? thanks!
hi brittany. thanks for your question, from which I'd infer that you were upset and frustrated at how the movie was promoted. it's not really for me to comment. actually it probably is for me to comment, but I don't think I should. they're lovely people at fox searchlight, and they seemed to really like the film, and if they couldn't get people to go then I'd rather just think of that as a shame, instead of blaming anyone. I was just stunned, frankly, that we sold it in the first place. I pretty much thought I was making it for me and my friends, so to be answering questions on a fansite constitutes a greater success than I ever imagined. so thanks again.
What was the hardest/easiest scenes to film?
it's tough making a film - days are long and nights are short. and there were some fairly tricky times. but really, it was a pleasure and a privilege to work with those people, and not once on set did I wish I was somewhere else. the toughest scene - the back room in the flowershop. the girls were fine, I was the one deeply embarrassed. and the easiest - anything (else) with lena headey.
I guess this is more of a comment than a question, but one of the
things I liked about your script was that you would slip little things
in that would say so much. Like the end of the scene in the woods, Heck
and Rachel are talking with the 2 guys. One of the guys says they just
met that evening and Heck says "I feel that way too" looking
at Rachel. Or Rachel and Luce in the park with Luce saying "don't
forget me" and Rachel " I won't remember anything else".
thank you for noticing, commenting on, or just caring about subtext.
it's very kind of you. although the last two lines of the scene on the
hill - "don't forget me" etc - are somewhere between homage
to and an outright steal from george eliot. middlemarch, I think. wonderful
book, check it out.
I really enjoyed the film, but noticed that some film critics were
very harsh in their reviews (at least
Ingrid from Indiana
hey ingrid, thanks for watching, thanks for writing, thanks for asking. I don't actually read reviews, because if you read them then you have to start believing them, and good or bad, that's not healthy. I heard some were harsh, which was as expected really. it's a feelgood romantic comedy, three words that rarely set critics toes a-tapping. but I've been in theatres where the audiences seemed to be having some fun, and that's good enough for me.
This was your first time writing and directing a film
tackle that again? What did you learn from directing this movie?
I had a ball directing this, really the time of my life. and if anyone
ever lets me behind a camera again, the main thing I've learnt is to work
with as many of the same people again as possible.
Did you know about flowers and their meanings before the film? How
did you decide on using the lily for the film?
first of all, thank you for making such a wonderful movie about love. it's the best romantic comedy i've seen in a long time. so i believe i read somewhere that the part of luce was originally written for your wife thandie newton until she became pregnant and that sophia myles was going to play rachel. if this is true, what made you think of lena headey and piper perabo for the parts instead? also, would you happen to know why there is no soundtrack available for this movie.
hi angela, thank you for your kind words, you're all so nice. it's true that my wife was going to play luce, but then I impregnated her. she actually gave birth about ten days after we finished filming. but lena was in the first thing I ever wrote, I've known her ever since and firmly believe there walks no finer on this earth, so it was an easy decision. as for sophia, she was one of several excellent actresses that we thought about, or that thought about us, before I got on a plane to new york and met the fabulous piper perabo. and once I'd met her, it was another easy decision. as for the soundtrack, it's just a money thing, I guess. if they thought it would make some, they'd release it. maybe if the dvd sells ... anyway, thanks for your questions, hugely appreciated.
The film's name changed from "Click" to " Imagine Me
how did that come about and why?
the movie was originally called 'click'. another french phrase for love
at first sight is 'le click', and I liked its economy, and multiple meanings.
you can hear the word in the script at various times as well. but there's
a big old adam sandler movie that wanted the title too - it's about a
guy who clicks his remote control to make the world rewind, fast forward
or pause - and they had more money than us so ... it's always hard to
find a title after you've made the film. but the song was in the movie,
I always liked the lyric, so that's where we ended up.
Fans love the soundtrack from the movie. What was the process of picking
songs for the movie?
picking songs for the soundtrack was tricky, because we didn't have a
whole lot of money. but I'd always wanted kelly marie for the dance machine
scene, and lena and piper came up with a cracking dance routine in twenty
minutes. the other wedding tracks were fun, various top party tunes. and
'the look of love' is self-evident. camera obscura are a sweet scottish
band that just fit nicely. and the turtles at the end is just a classic.
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