|Nora Ephron at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival (Credit: David Shankbone) |
While most of Ephron’s films were comedies, they also subtly but pointedly depicted many of the interpersonal and relationship dilemmas we all eventually encounter. In “When Harry Met Sally” it was the struggle many men and women face of trying to build and maintain a friendship without letting romantic feelings cloud their judgment. Of course, for that film’s heroes, Harry’s prediction that “men and women cannot be friends” proved true, as the two ended up married. “Sleepless in Seattle” touched on grief, loneliness and a longing for something more, and though both characters faced challenges in their love lives, they eventually found the kind of true love so many hope for. Unlike the typical “happily ever after” stories, however, Ephron’s characters were always more flawed and vulnerable than the usual fairy tale character, a trait that made so many fans, including me, relate to and appreciate her films.