Raising Arizona, 1987
Director - Joel Coen
Cinematography - Barry Sonnenfeld
That night I had a dream. I dreamt I was as light as the ether … a floating spirit visiting things to come. The shades and shadows of the people in my life rassled their way their way into my slumber.
I dreamed that Gale and Evelle had decided to return to prison. Probably that’s just as well. I don’t mean to sound superior, and they’re a swell couple of guys, but maybe they weren’t ready yet to come out into the world.
And then I dreamed on, into the future, to a Christmas morn in the Arizona home where Nathan Junior was opening a present from a kindly couple who preferred to remain unknown.
I saw Glen a few years later, still having no luck getting the cops to listen to his wild tales about me and Ed. Maybe he threw in one Polack joke too many. I don’t know.
And still I dreamed on, further into the future than I had ever dreamed before, watching Nathan Junior’s progress from afar, taking pride in his accomplishments as if he were our own. Wondering if he ever thought of us and hoping that maybe we’d broadened his horizons a little even if he couldn’t remember just how they got broadened.
But still I hadn’t dreamt nothing about me and Ed until the end. And this was cloudier cause it was years, years away. But I saw an old couple being visited by their children, and all their grandchildren too.
The old couple weren’t screwed up. And neither were their kids or their grandkids. And I don’t know. You tell me. This whole dream, was it wishful thinking? Was I just fleeing reality like I know I’m liable to do? But me and Ed, we can be good too. And it seemed real. It seemed like us and it seemed like, well, our home. If not Arizona, then a land not too far away. Where all parents are strong and wise and capable and all children are happy and beloved.
I don’t know. Maybe it was Utah.
Diana is a Roman goddess of the hunt, being associated with animals and the woodlands. It is said in some literature that she is equivalent to the Greek goddess Artemis, but some believe that she was Italic and not Greek in origin. She is a virgin goddess and a protectress of women, and is also associated with the moon and childbirth. She is one of three goddesses; Diana, Minerva, and Vesta, whom all swore to never marry.
My psychology teacher showed us this picture in class and spent a good 10 minutes talking about how depression is a disorder, a mental disease, not a choice, etc. I respect him so much for that.