"No matter how much you think you love somebody, you’ll step back when the pool of their blood edges up too close."
- Chuck Palahniuk

One of my favorite scenes in a film, ever. Layla mocks Billy’s bowling victory, the lights dim and the spotlight shines on her. She has her own life; her dance “soliloquy” is Layla showing the viewer something about herself. However, her effortless and bored demeanor addresses her own unhappiness and unfulfillment with that life. Layla is a “dream girl.” She is patient, forgiving, beautiful, graceful and she is bored. Billy’s abrasiveness and anger does not intimidate her - she is not afraid to kiss him in the photo booth, or to share a bath with him. We are presented with several opportunities for Layla to “escape” from Billy, but she doesn’t. She is in control and she knows this. 
Buffalo ‘66 shows its viewer the differences and relationship between baggage held on the surface and baggage kept deep inside. This is represented all the way down to Layla’s pale blue dress and Billy’s bright red boots. Billy is the embodiment of all the “unattractive” parts of the human condition. He is angry, disconnected and rude; he is deep anguish and selfishness. Layla, as mentioned before, is the antithesis of this. The viewer is challenged throughout the whole film to even like Billy as Layla grows to love him. At the film’s climax, we expect Billy to fail Layla and himself (at the viewer’s cringing anticipation) and he doesn’t. His phone call to his friend about having a girl who loves him tells us that his relationship with Layla has become more important than revenge. Gallo suggests that the merging of these “attractive” and “unattractive” sides of human nature will ultimately lead to acceptance and love. We are shown that what damages us does not have to destroy us. We cannot be sure what happens to Layla and Billy after the credits roll, but we can be sure that these opposite representations of how we hold our baggage and emotions have helped each other move towards their own individual happiness. 

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