Monday, November 14, 2011
Writer: Lars Von Trier
Director: Lars Von Trier
Starring: Björk, Catherine Deneuve
A woman has a pretty shitty life, but she has a goal and she's working toward that goal slowly and deliberately. Then she gets totally screwed over by a pig but she maintains some nobility.
i recognize that this was a good movie. but it's good in the way that "monster's ball" or "requiem for a dream" was good. once or never is enough for me. shitty life. shitty death. suffering. all around shittyness. there's enough for everyone! come gather round and i'll tell you a story of a woman who was going blind, lost her job, her savings which she was saving for a life changing operation for her child were stolen, lost her living quarters, is railroaded and taken advantage of everywhere she goes, and when she decides to actually stick up for herself she ends up being convicted of murder and sent to the gallows. it's just a little uplifting story to tell the kiddies. yay for blindness. yay for bjork.
Through the four sessions of, "is he awake again?" I really liked this movie. It is, as my woman points out, not the sort of thing you come across on the guide and say, "Oh, let's put this on for a few minutes," but it's pretty great, and well over the "unique enough" line.
Intentionally shot to look like a low-rent episode of Dateline I found a good portion of verisimilitude here. I really liked how the picture was fuzzier when we were looking through her eyes. I think that the musical numbers were a neat jab at the idiocy inherent in movie musicals while showing that she was able to find joy through all the crappiness of her existence. She doesn't come across as being terribly intelligent and I think that that unfairness is intentional, because I do think that she knew what was going on. I could totally see this story happening in reality, especially because I choose to believe (and I might have missed) that the story was set at least ten years earlier than its release date.
The sadness that drives the beauty here is embodied by her actions at the end of the movie. She eschews a second chance so she can give her kid a first one Her decision not to see him led me to real questions of morality. I can see how she would want to make that kind of a clean break and not expose her son to all the crap, but I don't know if I would be strong enough. It wears on her, though, and we can see the struggle. But in the end she recognizes the futility of her situation, and that might be the most depressing part of all.
Finally, to lighten the mood (really just for my woman), Douche!