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"Life as a House"

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Regardless of the type of life a person has lived, whether it is one of luxury or hardship, all people have one thing in common. Each person has had their own conflicts that have left a mark or impression on their lives; much is the same in the film "Life as a House". In order for one to build their life anew they must resolve those past conflicts, so that there are no lingering feelings from the past to interrupt this new life. In the film George has many of these past conflicts, those being his father's mistreatment of himself and those in his family, Georges neglect in his relationship with his son, and his fathers house which reminds him of his old life. And the root cause of all these problems ultimately is George's father. As George explains to Sam in the film George's father loved to be in control. His favorite pastime was to belittle George no matter if he had done very well or very poorly. ...read more.


When George discovers he is dying he makes a few life choices. First to tear down his father's house, and rebuild it into something he could pass on with pride. Second to have a relationship with Sam that involved love and respect instead of neglect and hate. So George takes Sam for the summer, although Sam is not willing and decides he will leave on multiple occasions there are always things that keep him home with his father. At first Sam would not listen to George and over time he is forced to begin working with George, and they get to have actual conversations, Sam learns about George's father and the car accident and all the problems George had to deal with growing up, also why he was rebuilding the house. And in time Sam changed, there was love between father and son. And by the end when George was dying Sam was able to let George see his new house from the hospital and he promised to finish it. ...read more.


As the house grew in size and complexity so did Sam and George's relationship, they came upon problems but were able to overcome them. The house was finished shortly after George died, but the new life was built. Sam had realized who he was and Robin, Sam's mother, also had a relationship once again with her son. It was Sam's decision of what to do with the house that finally resolved what was left of past conflict. He decided to give the house to the girl who George's father had paralyzed in the car accident many years before. In doing this Sam had tied up the last loose end that remained of the conflict left behind by George and his father. Through the building of the new house and the reconciling of relationships it was possible for George as well as Sam to build themselves a new life, because they were able to come to terms with the conflicts of the past. And without the past conflicts still plaguing them they can move on to bigger things, as well as learn from the experiences they have gained. ...read more.

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