Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The story behind the vow

The story behind the vow

You may have seen the movie ‘The Vow’, but did you know that it is based on a true story?

Just ten weeks after Krickitt carpenter’s wedding, she had a car accident, which put her into a coma for four months.

Kim (her husband) and Krickitt Carpenter had been driving from their home in Las Vegas to Phoenix, to visit Krickitt’s parents for Thanksgiving. Krickitt, who was in the driver’s seat, tried to swerve around a slow-moving lorry, when a truck following too closely on their tail hit the Carpenter’s car from behind, sending it rolling for a hundred feet and ripping off the roof. 

When she woke up she had no memory of the 2 years before the accident, she didn’t even know her own husband.

The head injuries Krickitt had sustained in the accident were so severe that at first she remembered nothing. She didn’t even remember how to dress herself, brush her teeth - not even how to walk. ‘But these skills were all stored in my long-term memory, so once I was shown how to do them in intensive therapy, they came flooding back,’ she says. 

Even now, 18 years later she still doesn’t remember those 2 years.

Even though she didn’t remember her husband she saw the movie of her wedding and one of her vows was “to stay together for good or for bad” so she stuck to her promise and fell back in love with her husband.

 Three years after the accident, Kim and Krickitt got married for a second time, to create for her fresh memories of their wedding day.

And they waited eleven years after the accident before they decided to have children.

The couple agree that seeing their story on the big screen still takes some getting used to. ‘It’s strange to think of our marriage being portrayed as a remarkable love story, when, for us, we just did what we said we would do - we kept our vows,’ says Kim. 

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Who says animated films are for kids?

As a person, I am slightly dog-obsessed- don't blame me, it's a family thing. Anyway, so for as long as I can remember I have been in the vicinity of a dog. So it’s no surprise that my favourite childhood film was 101 Dalmatians (the cartoon one, not the live action, even though Glenn Close makes an excellent Cruella) I had it on video, you jel? The basic plot is of a Dalmatian called Pongo and his ‘pet’ Roger, Pongo wants to find Roger a wife (he also wants like a dog girlfriend). Anyways they meet this woman and her dog, Perdy. They all get married etc. Long story short, Perdy has puppies and Cruella DeVil (very punny funny) hires two thieves to steal them. The humans, try as they might, can’t find the puppies. So it’s up to the dogs and the ‘twilight bark’ which is like howling at night-time. The news reaches the colonel and Sergeant Tibbs (a cat) and they discover the puppies at Hell Hall (Cruella’s holiday home that’s, like, fallen apart) so they tell Pongo and Perdy that their puppies have been found and they go to save their puppies (along with the other 86 puppies). So they’re on their way back to London when Cruella and the thieves catch up with them, but they escape in a van, disguising themselves as Labradors, covering themselves in soot. They get home to London and their owners decide they’ll keep all the puppies and move to the country where they’ll have a ‘Dalmatian Plantation’. How do I remember all of this? Not gonna lie, I watched it two weeks ago. So proof that animated films aren’t just for kids, because I’m 16 and I still love that film.

Isabella Milne