An antisocial young man, obsessed with death, finds himself drawn to a free-spirited and much, much older woman. With this idiosyncratic and dreamy American fable, director Hal Ashby fashioned what would become a cult classic of its era.
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Harold's deliquency is a comic delight - a vulgar blend of morbid and rose-tinted. Ashby's satirical edge finds its sweet spot with this subversive classic. 'Being There' is good, 'Harold and Maude' is great.
"If you wanna be free be free, cause there's a million things to be, you know that there are. If you wanna be high be high, if you wanna be low be low, there's a million ways to go, you know that there are" this literally summarizes the whole film.
One of my favourite films of all time!
That sly Hal Ashby! I've seen this movie many time and I'm still not completely in love with this movie due to some poor directing choices (underdeveloped mother and son relationship) but god damn, this is a beautiful movie to look at! Real emotional imagery. The soundtrack is cool too.
All the creepiness, quirkiness or darkness that the story might arouse is overshadowed by the incredible chemistry and sweetness of the two leads, especially dear old Mrs. Ruth Gordon. If you think you would never fall in love with an octogenarian woman you clearly haven't seen her here. A hysterical but also touching little gem. Great song catalog by Cat Stevens.
Ashby is one of my cinematic heroes. He took chances like no other, never for the spectacularity or controversy, but for the exploration of the human condition. There is always a fundamental kindness that appeals to love and kindness. And in H&M, using Cat Stevens' spiritual writings to underline this particularly story is one of the most genius choices in filmmaking history.