Why did a person who develops films pay attention to a family often takes photographs? Why did he give them larger photographs than they requested and camera as presents regardless of losing his job? Why did he teach the husband of the family a lesson when he betrayed his wife, although it meant that he would be taken and kept prisoner with the authority of the law by the police? The film “One Hour Photo” itself, however, didn’t tell us the answers to these questions.
The leading character in the film, Simon, was an old, poor man. He had never been married and he didn’t have children. He had no friends or even just anyone to talk with. He lived alone and felt terribly lonely and uneasy. It was not meaningful for Simon to live in the world. But when he noticed the family which appeared to be happy, something changed. The perfect relationship of this family became Simon’s beautiful dream in heart. He thought that his responsibility was to keep the members of the family happy forever. Simon did a lot of things. Some of them were right while the others might be not appropriate. But it was not important. He made the family members understood something significant in the end and they became Simon’s rare friends all over the world.
After seeing this film, most of us wondered why Simon behave like this. The film didn’t mention it and we didn’t know exactly either. In my opinion, the most possible explanation was that Simon’s parents did something hurt him badly when he was a little boy. Maybe his father betrayed his mother so made his mother and him rather unhappy. So he didn’t believe in marriage and hate men who betrayed their wives. Of course, it’s just my opinion. But it is clear that Simon’s childhood was rather painful.
The child in the film was lucky because Simon came to help him to make his family start again. But he was just a character in the film. In fact, nearly all children who had unhappy families don’t have the chance to regain happiness.
What I want to say is that childhood is quite important to people. Wonderful childhood leads people to a happy and substantial life. On the contrary, painful childhood will make people be tired of life and often think that society owe him so that he will never feel hopeful. As a result, we should give all children carefree childhood. After we got married then become fathers or mothers of our children, we shouldn’t be too selfish. Children are very sensitive to their parents’ behavior. So before we do everything, we must think whether it would hurt our children and what impact we would put on our children first in order not to hurt their feelings. We must try our best to create a good surrounding for our children to grow up healthily and happily in.