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Mondays with William

by Ilana Angel

October 25, 2013 | 12:44 pm

William and Marcelle

I went to see the movie “Mondays with William” last night and I was deeply moved by it.  If you have an opportunity to see it I would recommend that you do.  It is the story of a homeless man in Los Angeles who lives his life with the amazing gifts of an artist, and also schizophrenia.

The movie follows art dealer Marcelle Danan as she meets painter William Laga and becomes invested in him as both an artist and a human being.  Mr. Laga is a kind and gentle soul who is seemingly unaware of his illness.  He is smart, funny, handsome, talented, and a little broken.

We are quick to throw away things that are broken, and this movie shows us that sometimes real beauty lies in things that are not perfect.  Nothing is perfect in life so why do we judge so quickly? Marcelle met a man that was broken and made a conscious decision to see beauty.

The scenes with Mr. Lago’s mother made me cry.  As a mother myself I struggled to understand the depth of her pain, but also heart retching to completely understand the depth of love she has for a son she no longer knows.  I left feeling blessed to have my beautiful son.

You will leave the movie in awe of Willian Lago’s talent, and inspired by the generous heart of Ms. Danan.  I was honored to meet them both at the event and without even thinking about it I hugged Marcelle when I met her.  She makes me want to be a better person and I admire her.

William was lovely and I hope that he understands what his work and story have meant to those who know him, and what it will mean to all of us who are discovering him through this film.  There is undeniable beauty in the broken and we can all see it if we look closely and keep the faith.

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Ilana Angel writes two blogs for JewishJournal.com. KEEPING THE FAITH is about her worldview as a single Jewish mother, and KEEPING IT REAL is all about reality television....

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