Scent of a Woman (1992)
A retired Lt. Col. in the US Army, Frank Slade has a plan for the weekend. His plan involves travel, women, limousines, tango, good food and fine wine.
Charlie is a student at Baird prep school and looking forward to going to university. He agrees to look after Frank over Thanksgiving, for he needs to pay for a flight home for Christmas. The job is not what Charlie expects. Frank’s niece says the job will be easy money, but she does not reckon Charlie spending time with Frank in New York. Frank is blind and seems impossible to get along with.
Charlie and Frank get to know one another in a few days. A deep friendship develops between the two.
The movie is a heartwarming tale of opposites. Frank fails to see his self-worth and the value of family, and Charlie helps him to see his own self-worth. In return, Frank defends the young man’s honour when others try to buy his integrity. Frank’s speech defending Charlie is breathtakingly and uplifting.
However, money and privilege do not always prevail.
The movie is a subtle story of two people trying to find their ways under different, and difficult circumstances, and they end up saving each other.
No mistakes in the tango, Donna. Not like life. It’s simple, that’s what makes the tango so great. If you make a mistake, get all tangled up, just tango on.– Frank Slade
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