The 1995 remake of Sabrina is a true classic and one of my favorite movies. But there is one thing about it that has always bothered me. Linus Larrabee spends more than half the film faking that he likes Sabrina, all to derail her imminent romance with David Larrabee. And then when Linus sends Sabrina to Paris and everything blows up, we're supposed to believe that Linus is actually in love with Sabrina, and further, that's he's more right for her than David.
I never bought it.
I've been watching this movie for 20 years and I have never been convinced that Linus really loves her. I understand that he felt extreme guilt in the end, which led to the confession. So we see that he's not a monster, just a greedy businessman willing to get dirty in order to clinch a billion-dollar merger. I buy that.
I understand that at the end she says, "I thought it was all a lie." And Linus replies, "It was a lie. And then it was a dream." And you could certainly argue that he wouldn't have rushed to Paris to be with her if he didn't love her. But I'm stuck. This brilliant work of filmmaking just seems to finally unravel when we're made to believe that Linus and Sabrina are really in love and it's a perfect match. (I believe she loves him, just not the reverse.) The yarn unravels and I'm jolted out of the film, feeling like I've just been conned, and that I'm witnessing a movie trying to lie to me.
I would love to hear some film aficionados' opinion on this, and would be appreciative to learn why I am wrong, and why it's true and authentic that Linus really does love Sabrina.