Archive for May, 2008

May 23, 2008

>Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing – Part 4

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The Village (2004) – Ivy Walker & Lucius Hunt

When we are married, will you dance with me? I find dancing very agreeable. Why can you not say what is in your head?

Why can you not stop saying what is in yours? Why must you lead, when I want to lead? If I want to dance I will ask you to dance. If I want to speak I will open my mouth and speak. Everyone is forever plaguing me to speak further. Why? What good is it to tell you you are in my every thought from the time I wake? What good can come from my saying that I sometimes cannot think clearly or do my work properly? What gain can rise of my telling you the only time I feel fear as others do is when I think of you in harm? That is why I am on this porch, Ivy Walker. I fear for your safety before all others. And yes, I will dance with you on our wedding night.

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May 15, 2008

>Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing – Part 3

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Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Pride can stand a thousand trials/The strong will never fall/But watching stars without you my soul cried/Heaving heart is full of pain/Oh, oh, the aching/Cause, I’m kissing you oh/I’m kissing you oh/Touch me deep, pure and true gift to me forever/Cause, I’m kissing you/Oh, I’m kissing you, oh/Where are you now?/Where are you now?/Cause, I’m kissing you

May 13, 2008

>Nat Film Festival – Days 2 and 3*

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La Zona (Mexico, 2007) – I could describe this film as a daring and original idea that didn’t really work out. It could have been the mexican equivalent to the brazilian film Tropa de Elite, which aroused a heated discussion about the movie audience that cheered during endless torture scenes commited by the main character – a cop struggling against drugdealers without following the rules. La Zona is more visually shocking than all tortures scenes performed in Tropa de Elite, which makes one wonder why no one has really talked about it. Perhaps for the fact the film is bold in its shell, but timid while developing the story of the residents of an enclosed neighborhood in the heart of Mexico DF, who live according to their own laws. One day a group of miserable men who live in the other side, manage to enter in this place, which walls are safer than those from medieval times. They kill one of the residents, and so the story begins, as the residents make justice with their own hands, killing them all, except a young boy that will be trapped like a rat (photo). For quite a long time the script gets stucked in one matter without moving forward, besides, the film doesn’t rouse neither a social nor a political discussion about its main theme, which is a pity.

Blind Mountain (Mang Shan, China, 2007) – Films about women who are kidnapped to become prostitutes have already been made, but this one is about kidnapped chinese women who are sold to becomes wives in China. The story is told through the point of view of the residents of a village, whose simple habits – like planting corn and eating corn – and narrow minded ideas match those from medieval times, therefore, it’s remarkable to realize they’re living in contemporary times, like if time machine broke in that single spot of the world and would never fly again. The country is socialist, but real socialism haven’t spread throughly, neither in social services nor in their own habitants’ point of view. In a city close to the village, a doctor denies to save one’s life before getting paid; in the road, one denies to give a ride to a person clearly in need because she doesn’t have a penny. The kidnapped young woman refuses to accept her “duty” from the beggining to the end, whereas all other women in the village (all kidnapped as well), behave submissively like a Dogville’s Grace. The film’s social and cultural context is barely explained, and unless one possesses knowledge of the theme, many questions won’t be answered. The ending scene is, perhaps, a metaphor for what could be the only solution for the problem. A pessimistic vision, which I agree with.

*Finally I’m writing about the movie festival. These first films won’t be hard to write about, as I had made several notes at the time, but unfortunately I didn’t keep notes of all 20 films I saw from march 29 until april 7. Now I’ll know which films really lasted in my memory, the ones I liked the most! Next films to be written about: Blind, Dan in Real Life and My Blueberry Nights.
May 4, 2008

>Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing – Part 2

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – Holly Golightly & Paul ‘Fred’ Varjak*

“You know what’s wrong with you, Miss Whoever-you-are? You’re chicken, you’ve got no guts. You’re afraid to stick out your chin and say, “Okay, life’s a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness.” You call yourself a free spirit, a “wild thing,” and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it’s not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”

*In memory of Audrey Hepburn, who would turn 79 years old today.