Film

– Secretary v.s. 50 Shades –

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Around mid February, I watched the two most distinctive BDSM film in the same week. One with my friend J, one with my man. The two film talked similar theme with different context and background, and therefore received very different fate from one another.

The one I watched with J filled with a man and a woman, the woman was inexperienced and the man was “so-called” damaged inside despite great deal of wealth. He showered her with luxuries that ordinary people could not possibly afford, while grooming her to be able to adjust his BDSM preference. She wanted him with her own ideals of what love supposed to be, while she was able to adjust some parts of it, she began to grow fearful over his controlling ways – for example, stalking her all the way to her mother’s hometown. He often placed her in isolated state, secrecy left her impossible to consult others for the situation. Eventually she decided to leave, for feeling too overwhelmed by him.

The other one I watched filled with a woman who had been troubled by self-harm and a lawyer who has been dealing with his dominating nature, he was her boss. One night he saw her harming herself and resolved to stop her doing so, by giving orders to her on things to be done. The effect strangely turned her to better state, while families were worried for her. Eventually her boss feared his nature out of control and rejected her, yet she won him back by fighting her way and her patience.

Both film were equally pretty and lovely, yet I enjoyed the latter better for greater positivity and the characters seemed more equal.

– The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (The USA ver) –

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Watched the American version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”,

you might wonder why now – as I never was in the mood of reading the novel, nor seeing the Swedish version of the film?

But I guess I just took years to feel like watching, since the theme involved heavily of violence toward women – from Lisbeth the main character to the woman who they tried to track down.

I adored Rooney Mara – she made a lot of drastic changes for this role, she was in the film as if she was the Lisbeth I imagined. The Swedish one wasn’t bad, but I liked Mara’s version for the contrast between her frail body and the extent of brutality she could carry out in return for the harm placed upon her. Her punk rock style also in part of my liking, as it reminded me of a character in Ai Yazawa’s NANA.

Daniel Craig was nice too, he was the kind of actor that can draw you to follow his every movement on the case. His interaction with Mara was heart-warming from time to time, even some were rather awkward to be put together.

The film clearly pictured the Swedish I was known through images etc that contributed to my stereotyped knowledge of Sweden, but it matched the atmosphere of the novel itself – the atmosphere of suffocation, preventing people to be able to break out or make a change.

– SARA (film) –

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In Hong Kong, SARA the film caused a load of stirs and talks because of this scene,

the scene was an actress call Charlene Choi and after years of playing sweetness and innocent, she plays in this film a woman who went through many problems, from being sexually assaulted by close relatives to having a sugar daddy. Sara was a woman she met in Thailand, whom shared a very tragic fate with C.C.’s character and C.C. wanted to save.

I must admit I am more than interested in her relationship with the sugar daddy, especially their interpretation from “sell & buy” to building up an actual attachment.

It also brought questions over Hong Kong’s issues, from government being corrupted and useless to all kinds of matters.

I would like this film to be shown in Film 4 one day…

(trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ6sIE2m5fU)

 

– Mona Lisa –

I was watching this film (thanks my man for taping it!) nights before,

it was a very interesting film,

about a friendship between a call-girl and an ex-convict who tried to rebuild relationship with his kid.

They began working together when he began driving her,

until one day she asked him for help to find a close friend of hers.

Part of him was lonely, so he lost his hard and found himself fallen hard.

Yet in the end he realized he was hardly anyone special to the call-girl.

I wasn’t surprised by the scene, as sex workers don’t befriend people easily.

Yet part of me felt sad as I see that or experienced that kind of situation in many days of my life.

(p.s. gone addicted to the song sang by Nat King Cole)

 

– Madame Bovary –

I have always found myself similar to Madame Bovary,

for being like many girls in teenages etc. – romantic ideals for love, marriage and desire for expensive tastes.

I feel bad for her yet want to laugh at her, for the ideals she carried into her life, which led to her unhappiness…

Some part of me was certain that the consumerism also fueled her desire, for buying seemed able to make her feel satisfied for a while…?

I presume she would be different if she was given a job,

depending on the wages she get, but it would’ve been happier for her than what she have had…

Madame Bovary, C’est Moi.

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– The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Was watching this film because of Emma Watson,

but just like many films about teenagers,

it is as usual (without much expectation) a likable film for sure.

Also relatable to many for issues that they have to deal with during their high school times.

Like this quote:

Charlie:Why do nice people choose the wrong people to date?

為什麼好的人總是選擇不對的人呢?

Bill:We accept the love we think we deserve.

我們選擇接受我們認為好的愛。

– Belle de Seigneur –

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onhNxJGy1e0 (trailer)

From time to time, I saw “Belle de Seigneur” appeared on the list of shows of television.

A little like “Birdsong” by Sebastian Faulks, it was a love story between two people who met with bad timing…

I must admit the stories that set in those period, seemed have a liking of affairs as the main line for love stories…

Hmmm the photos did look very suitable for perfume adverts, or mini-films for brands like Chanel – which the latest one had been by far the most terrible one…