Year of Revisiting #8 – Take Care
“When someone asks me to do them a favor, it feels like they’re literally sucking the air out of my lungs. Like they’re trying to steal my life.”
Though I only saw Take Care for the first time in the last couple of years, this second chance love story has become one of my favorites. While the premise might be a bit unusual—Frannie (Leslie Bibb), who gets hit by a car, guilts her ex-boyfriend Devon (Thomas Sadoski) into taking care of her during her recovery—everything else about the characters and their relationships and motivations is pretty believable.
Frannie’s recovery brings me back to the time when I broke my foot and was immobile, miserable, and dependent. Worried about gaining weight while being laid up for weeks, I ate mostly diet shakes. “I’m not going to eat for the next three months. I don’t want to get fat,” Frannie says, and for days just eats fruit—until Devon points out how crazy this is and makes her a proper meal.
The movie is great at showing the evolution of Devon’s caregiving from grudging and bare minimum to attentive and earnest. At one point, he happily volunteers to wash Frannie’s hair, and we see one of the many moments of connection and ease the two have with each other when they let resentment and anger give way.
One of my favorite scenes is this exchange, after Devon has been nursing Frannie for a while according to their negotiated agreement of evenings 6:00 to 10:00 Monday through Friday.
Devon: How was the weekend?
Frannie: It was great. You know, I got to see some friends, and …. How was yours?
Devon: It was good. Yeah. It was, um … It felt long.
Frannie: Yeah, it was long.
No one ever, ever, ever, in the history of any universe ever has thought a weekend felt long. That is, unless the person you most want to see you only see Monday through Friday. In those cases, that desire is so potent it can achieve the near-impossible: make someone wish for Monday.