Adventures Behind Sliding Doors

    Mathew Philips

    We all know the feeling. We wake up in the morning and make a choice. Do we turn left or right? Wear this shirt or that one? Eat cereal for breakfast or grab a muffin on the way out? The decisions seem small, everyday almost inconsequential, but what if every decision mattered more than we thought? What if each choice we make could alter our lives significantly? This is the idea behind the 1998 film Sliding Doors, which tells two parallel stories of a woman’s life depending on whether she catches her train or not. Let’s break down how this movie explores the power of choice and how it can shape our lives.

    The Story Behind Skjutdörrar (Sliding doors)

    Skjutdörrar (Sliding doors) follows Helen Quilley (Gwyneth Paltrow), a public relations executive living in London who is fired from her job after being wrongfully accused of stealing an expensive necklace. As Helen rushes to catch her train home, two versions of her story unfold depending on whether she makes it before the doors close or not—one in which she stays with her boyfriend Gerry (John Lynch) and one where she leaves him for another man named James (John Hannah). In one version of her story, Helen eventually lands a new job at an advertising agency and is able to get back together with Gerry; in the other, she is unable to find employment and remains unhappily single until fate reunites her with Gerry once again.

    The Power Of Choice

    The movie highlights how seemingly insignificant choices have far-reaching consequences that can shape our lives for better or worse. While it may be hard to imagine that such small things as catching a train can alter our entire destiny, that’s exactly what Skjutdörrar (Sliding doors) proposes—that every decision matters and can lead us down paths we never expected to take. It also suggests that while each choice has its own consequences, they are never so final as to be irreversible—there is always room for second chances no matter how bleak things may seem.

    This movie illustrates that no matter what we choose or how carefully we plan for things, life doesn't always go according to plan. While some may see this as a negative thing, it also demonstrates that life is full of surprises and unexpected opportunities if we are willing to take them when they come up. It also shows that even small decisions can lead to big changes in our lives—and sometimes, those changes can be for the better!

    For instance, Helen's decision to miss (or catch) the train leads her down different paths—one where she meets an old flame who helps her find success and happiness; another where she finds new love with someone else entirely. While Helen ultimately decides that both versions of herself deserve happiness and chooses neither man at the end of the movie, viewers still walk away understanding just how much power lies within each choice they make—even if it seems insignificant at first glance.



    Skjutdörrar (Sliding doors) teaches us all an important lesson about life—that everything is connected by our choices and no decision should ever be taken lightly because you never know what might come of it! Whether you choose to stay with your current partner or venture out into something new; whether you pick up that job offer or keep searching; whether you take a chance on something risky or play it safe—each option will have its own outcome and ultimately it’s up to you decide which path you want to take. So don’t forget: your choices matter! They can lead you down roads you could have never imagined…so choose wisely! :)