Get married at the airport (Love and Alcohol on the run) (United States | 2016, 1 hr 20 min)
Directed by: Ana Vidal, Mike Urdaneta
InterviewsGet Married at the Airport (Love & Alcohol on the Run) with Ana Vidal & Mike Urdaneta
This is the adventure of a couple (Ana and Mike) following Bill Murray’s advice:
"If you have someone that you think is The One, don't do… don’t just sort of think in your ordinary mind. Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to JFK, when you land in JFK, and you're still in love with that person, get married at the airport."
They leave their jobs and their apartments in NYC and decide to escape the city to travel to Asia for half a year. The movie covers their travel around India, China, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand and explores the complexity of their relationship. The friction between idealized love and harsh reality increases geometrically as they spend more and more time trapped together, navigating day by day through alien cultures and geography.
The landscape, weather, and environment continually transform, as do the problems they face individually and as a couple.
Mike has a severe alcohol addiction. He finds increasing difficulty with happiness and comfort, and his self-destructive nature eventually reveals itself. He drinks more and more, beginning with complete abstinence during a 10 day vipassana meditation retreat and ending with drinking a whole bottle of local alcohol when he opens his eyes in the morning.
Ana faces cancer cells in her cervix. She has already had two surgeries, and when the doctors told her out that she was in high risk of cancer again, she decided to travel with Mike in order to find a cure in Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurveda. She constantly looks for love affirmation in Mike, but never finds it. She fears sterility. She faces vertigo.
They continue their long journey through the dessert, they ride an elephant, they feed wild monkeys, they snorkel, and they smoke opium to name a few things. During that time they meditated daily for an hour staring into each other’s eyes. They played chess constantly in order to diffuse tension. They practiced tantra. Ana needed a healthy lifestyle, and Mike was an alcoholic, but together they stumble along a path to freedom from their miseries.