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Should I take consolation from the phrase "evident merit"? Or is this what they write on all their rejections?
Watched another play-turned-into-film yesterday. Unlike Doubt, however, Proof shows fewer signs of its theatrical origin. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Auburn, who also wrote the screenplay. The film, directed by John Madden, is about genius and its anxieties. But it is so much more. It is about the responsibility and heartache of taking care of a crazy parent. It is about detaching one's identity and work from a famous and loved parent, and how that detachment feels like killing him. Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis and Jake Gyllenhaal gave strong performances. In thinking about Doubt, I questioned the film's lack of doubt about the wrongness of pederasty. Despite its unambiguous name, Proof probes the grey areas of life that cannot be subjected to mathematical certainty.