28/365 See True Beauty


Johnny Depp as Don Juan de Marco in response to Marlon Brando's character psychiatrist Dr. Mikler, (whom Don Juan thinks is Don Octavio de Flores and owner of the "villa") when Dr. Mikler asked how he could call the psychiatric hospital a "villa", replied:

"By seeing beyond what is visible to the eye. Now there are those, of course, who do not share my perceptions, it's true. When I say that all my woman are dazzling beauties, they object. The nose of this one is too large; the-the hips of another, they are too wide; perhaps the breasts of a third, they are too small.

"But I see these women for how they truly are... glorious, radiant, spectacular, and perfect, because, I am not limited by my eyesight. Women react to me the way that they do, Don Octavio, because they sense that I search out the beauty that dwells within until it overwhelms everything else. And then they cannot avoid their desire, to release that beauty and envelope me in it.

"So, to answer your question, I see as clear as day that this great edifice in which we find ourselves is your villa. It is your home. And as for you, Don Octavio DeFlores, you are a great lover like myself, even though you may have lost your way and your accent. Shall I continue?"

As you know, this is one of my favorite movies: 1. Because of my profession; 2. I appreciate seeing "reality" different from the status quo; 3. It's a great romantic movie not just for Johnny's portrayal of Don Juan but also for Brando's and Dunaway's characters relationship. While you are a great beauty to me, it's YOU that I love more than how attractive you are.

Love your partner for who they are, not how you think they should be. I hear too many people, unfortunately, too often men, who complain and compare physical attributes in a such a way that keep the women in their lives from feeling fully loved for who they are at their very core. I think there is a great lesson to be learned from this fictional movie.