“Mile 3.25 tidal inlet was erased from the map.”
This line passed me by on the first viewing of Moonrise Kingdom but on repeat viewings it strikes me as the saddest in the film. In the film’s closing moments Bob Balaban’s narrator relays without fanfare that Sam and Suzy’s beachfront getaway has been wiped off the map. It now exists only in memory and in the painting we see at the film’s end.
I suppose some part of me wants to believe that this young couple’s period of idyllic perfection lasts, but having their “Moonrise Kingdom” literally destroyed at the film’s end makes the implications unavoidable.