Wrote this during a Jim workshop
This brand new, unexpected café RELATIONSHIP, new and fresh and finding its feet, is clashing with easy expectations of history and class based on appearance, and it's rocked every time there's a revelation about some new aspect of their personal histories, as each partner is ready to reveal more about themselves. The RELATIONSHIP is fragile in its creation and after a brief honeymoon after it's born, it isn't even sure it wants to exist, or that other people want it to exist.
The RELATIONSHIP forgets that it is inappropriate and unlikely as a soap bubble to last. The RELATIONSHIP is entertaining the way a movie is entertaining on a hot summer afternoon in an air conditioned movie theater, before everyone had AC, when you needed to forget about the world. The RELATIONSHIP forgets about its own history, each time the partners meet, and forgets that all is not well with the partners, with the world. The RELATIONSHIP is about escape, until its not. Until they realize it's become the sea they swim in now. Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans.
The partners make an agreement that the RELATIONSHIP is light as intentionally disposible as an Elton John pop song but they FORGET that and plunge into something more intense as they share and evaluate each other's lives.
The RELATIONSHIP forgets that it is supposed to be light blue, pale cloudless summer sky, nothing to wrinkle the brow, and it starts to become orange then red then white hot in intensity as it gets filled up and contains more secrets, desires and pain.
The RELATIONSHIP keeps clashing with the real state of things as the presumptions that started it change. The RELATIONSHIP has to change and become a different kind of RELATIONSHIP. It's whole point was to have a friend, but then its point becomes to find answers about themselves, America, society, men and women, the world.
I think they have a self awareness about this: the RELATIONSHIP knows that it is capable of a great deal of insight—it is so promising, like they've made a vital connection that matters on the epic level — that somehow it's elevated them both and it's a chance to see things, understand things, some of the BIG things, that they couldn't understand without the RELATIOSHIP. But this in itself is a narcotic, and takes them away from proper treatment of other people around them. This is The Man and The Woman, standing in for all of them, with one last chance to find dialogue and make peace.