Love and Pain And The Whole Damn Thing
is a 1973 American
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film directed by Alan J. Pakula
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. It is often categorized as a drama, but contains many comic elements.
Walter Elbertson is a young, shy asthma
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tic who lacks direction in his life and the confidence to tackle his future. His father, in an effort to instill some spirit into his son, sends him on a biking holiday in Spain
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. Walter goes to Spain but finds the bike riding torturous to his asthma and lags behind the rest of the group. Meanwhile, Lila Fisher is also touring. She too is awkward with people and keeps to herself, and looks uncomfortable when a Spaniard tries to woo her with bird noises.
Soon the two tours coincide and, seeing the bus about to depart, Walter decides he has had enough of the bike tour and joins the bus tour. He ends up alongside Lila on the rear bus seat, and is wheezing terribly from the ordeal of running for the bus.
The two begin spending time together out of necessity, but neither seems particularly confident in the growing relationship, Lila particularly. However, their similar dispositions soon bring them closer and they move past their fear and consummate their relationship. Their relationship does not always run smoothly, as both show intermittent doubt of the other's loyalty. They have fights which, as they resolve and they are compelled to make pledges of their commitment to one another, increase their intimacy, and strengthen their bond.
They eventually decide to leave the bus tour behind and Walter organises a small caravan to take them around the country. At one point, they meet The Duke, who lives in a large Spanish castle, and seems to be very taken with Lila. This awakens the fever of jealousy in Walter, and for the first time he acts with strength and resolve to keep her with him.
The film ends with Lila, who has shown signs of illness at various points in the film, confessing to Walter that she has not long to live. The two determine, with Walter as the main instigator, to spend the days remaining to her travelling, free and following their hearts, together.
- Lila Fisher - Maggie Smith
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- Walter Elbertson - Timothy Bottoms
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- The Duke - Don Jaime de Mora y Aragon
- Spanish Gentleman - Emiliano Redondo
- Dr Elbertson - Charles Baxter
- Mrs Elbertson - Margaret Modlin
- Melanie Elbertson - May Heatherly (aka May Heatherley)
- Carl - Lloyd Brimhall
- Dr Edelheidt - Elmer Modling
- Tourist Guide - Andrés Monreal