One of my favourite movies is Sabrina. The original version is in black and white starring Audrey Hepburn, although my favourite is the 1995 remake starring Harrison Ford.
It’s the story of the chauffer’s daughter who grew up next to a mansion, her father was a driver for a business mogul family. She was in a one-sideded love with one of the sons, lived in Paris for a year and found her sense of self, came back glamourous and charming and beautiful. In a romantic twist of fate she falls for the unlikely older brother instead, the workaholic, ruthless with no friends, dutifully serving the family business like a lighthouse keeper. She inspires him to enjoy life and ‘run away from home.’
I think like any girl I grew up dreaming of finding myself in Paris and transforming into the stylish, confident and self aware woman that Sabrina became, a heroine of the story who saves the older brother Linus, from himself.
I never thought that I would be closer to being the Linus, ruthless and business-minded, doing what my parents did, all work and seriousness, to be saved by someone who knew how to enjoy life.
(Harrison Ford) “So, that really is a beautiful name. How did you get it?”
(Julia Ormond) “My father’s reading. It’s in a poem.”
(Harrison Ford) “Oh?”
(Julia Ormond) “”Sabrina fair, listen where thou art sitting under the glassy, cool, translucent wave, in twisted braids of lilies knitting the loose train of thy amber-dropping hair.””
(Julia Ormond) “It’s an incredible airplane; it’s beautiful. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
(Harrison Ford) “Ah, yes.”
(Julia Ormond) “Don’t you ever look out the window?”
(Harrison Ford) “When do I have time?”
(Julia Ormond) “What happened to all that time we saved taking the helicopter?”
(Harrison Ford) “I’m storing it up.”
(Julia Ormond) “No, you’re not.”
(Harrison Ford) “So, your little poem; what does it mean?”
(Julia Ormond) “It’s the story of a water sprite who saved a virgin from a fate worse than death.”
(Harrison Ford) “And Sabrina’s the virgin.”
(Julia Ormond) “Sabrina’s the savior.”