Modern Love

My husband loves to read the Sunday New York Times. Under Modern Love, he especially enjoys short stories that authors post about personal things that have happened to them. Some of them are romance stories, but one of his favorites was about a much-loved, used sofa, so “love” doesn’t always involve a couple:) Last season, Prime TV made a few of them into wonderful, nuanced shows. We watched and enjoyed every single one of them. They’re not traditional romance. I’d define them as literary, much more character-driven, internal. And very much more realistic and somehow, more emotional.

Season 2 is available now, and we were excited to watch the first episode last night. Minnie Driver had the leading role; and as the story started, it was clear she was deeply in love with her sports car that was too young to be vintage but too old to be dependable. Maintaining it was beginning to be expensive, eating into the family budget. So her husband pressures her to sell it, and he’ll sell his boat so that they can sock more money into their savings. Only he doesn’t understand WHY the car is so important to her. And neither does the viewer until the poignant flashbacks begin.

I don’t want to give away anymore of the story except to say that I was glad I had a box of Kleenex close by. I’m not usually a fan of things that make me cry, but this was a beautiful story filled with beautiful people. And it was told exquisitely. It’s not for someone looking for easy entertainment (which is usually me) or something action-packed or a mystery. But I’m looking forward to the next episode because the stories are told SO WELL.

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