Infertility has never been portrayed more honestly on the silver-screen than in the movie UP. It was a small snippet in a full and delicious movie about true love, grief and rediscovering one’s appetite for adventure. The opening montage featuring the love story of Carl and Ellie is one of the most gorgeous pieces of storytelling I’ve ever seen.
Theirs was a rare and indecipherable love – the kind I am lucky enough to have. They do not get to have children. And for 15 haunting seconds, we see how much that fact devastated them. Ellie’s head in her hands, her isolation in the yard, Carl’s efforts to lift her mood. That sad gaze into nothing.
Pixar got it right.