Last Friday we were scanning Amazon Prime, looking for a film to watch. We can across “What we did on our Holidays”. It had no description of what it was about. Starring David Tennant, Billy Connolly, Ben Miller and billed on IMDb as comedy we thought we’d try it. Additionally, being set in the Highlands of Scotland, was a bonus for me, as well as being written and directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin. The IMDb summary is “Explores the meaning of life and suggests how best to live and love.”
“Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) and their three children travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug’s father Gordie’s (Billy Connolly) birthday party. It’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping a secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability…”
I find the beach scene quite poignant – particularly the words of Billy Connolly, voiced as the granddad. The words spoken are below, with the video of the scene further down the page.
On the beach –
Grand Daughter Lottie McLeod: “Mum and Dad lie so much. I just don’t trust them any more. They make me so angry.”
Grand dad Gordie McLeod: “Well I used to feel that about my lot too. Until I suddenly realised there was no point in being angry with people I loved, for being what they are. I mean so what if your Dad’s a complete and utter bloody shambles, or your uncle Gavin’s a bit of a tight arse … or a social climber. He can’t help himself. Any more than his wife can help being scared of her own shadow. Or your mum can help being a bit mouthy. The truth is every human being on this planet is … ridiculous … in their own way …So we shouldn’t judge and we shouldn’t fight. Because in the end … in the end, none of it matters, none of this stuff.”
So we shouldn’t judge and we shouldn’t fight. A nice summary of how to live, if we want peace together.
On the way, driving to the beach to his granddaughter – “You need to live more and think less”
Are we too concerned sometimes about tradition and mores than letting go – than living and being in the moment, in the now?