My last movie of 2007: Patch Adams

I know the movie Patch Adams was first released in 1998. But it has become one of my most favorite movies of all time. Since my creative juices were drowned by dumplings and vodka while waiting for the break of the New Year, I spent the last hours of 2007 watching this Robin Williams classic instead of finishing the year-end series for 2007. Rest assured though that the it will be posted by the day’s end.

Patch Adams, both the film and the real Doctor behind it still continues to inspire me to do something for the common good. Though my desire of becoming a doctor has become somewhat tarnished and shaken, the film’s message of hope, unity, respect for one’s humanity and dignity and it’s calling to “improve the quality of life” around us is what pushes me on to blog for a cause and not just for the heck of it, continue on with my advocacies and tasks, even to the point that I’ve literally forgotten about my own well-being. My fellow Lasallian volunteers and co-student-leaders at the University Student Council knows of this very well.

The movie is a perfect blend of comedy and drama in that you’ll find it irresistible to laugh out during Patch’s comical antics. And if you realized it, you did not just laughed, you learned a thing or two about life, care, and medicine of course. From laughing your heart out, the movie will then touch you deep that you’d also find it not difficult to instantly become an emo, soft and teary.

One of the most heart-wrenching scenes in the movie is where Patch completes the reading of the poem entitled Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda to his girlfriend who now laid in a coffin. The clip below is from that very tear-dropping scene.

After hearing the whole poem, I quickly scoured the net for a copy of it. Thankfully, free sources were available. To save you the trouble of searching for it, the poem is share below.

Love Sonnet XVI

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
Or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
In secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms but carries in
Itself the light of hidden flowers;
Thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
Risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
So I love you because I know no other way
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
So I love you because I know no other way

That this: where I does not exist, nor you,
So close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
So close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

Her tragic murder has broken Patch but later on would become the turning point for him to face his toughest challenge yet, graduating from medicine school. That challenge itself was a great battle of the minds and hearts which pitted Patch Adams not only against his arch-nemesis Dean Walcot, but also the distinguished State Medical Board. Below is a clip from the movie depicting that scene which was the climax of the movie.

Brilliant. Just brilliant.

What a way to end, or rather start the new year eh?

Happy new year everyone!

PS: Dr Patch Adams once called US President Bush and VP Cheney as “mass murderers.” See the story here.

2 Replies to “My last movie of 2007: Patch Adams”

  1. How I love Robin Williams. Patch the movie was good, the person – remarkable. Anyway, used to watch Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting during turbulent times. Never fails to lift my spirits.

    Oh and 1 more thing. Have you seen "Il Postino"? Great film, too. Watch how Neruda's life and work affect a person profoundly.

    Happy New Year, J!


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