A woman is naked sitting on the floor. We see her from her side. A portion of a breast is seen for about a second. (Extremely brief)
Almost no sex/nudity is present in this movie.
A woman dances seductively for a man. She removes her blouse but not her bra. She says “You know me, I can’t stand to go on like this forever”. She pulls his hand to her breast and asks to be held. He wants to do work; what he considers work. They get interrupted.
A few sexual jokes… but not graphic ones


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


In 1971, Bob, a 26 year old unemployed vagrant, walked into a drug rehabilitation center in Portland. A serious investigator asked:

“How long have you been taking drugs?”

Bob replied:

“All my life”

……

I always think that when a young man sighs such old words as “lifetime” and “lifetime”, he / she must have experienced the realm of life and death, just like Yang Yang, who is only eight years old in 11, said at his grandmother’s funeral: “I feel I’m old…” which best explains the quiet and Soothing Essence of the world that Yang Dechang wants to express. Bob in this film changed from an incurable poison bug to a drilling worker who consciously kept away from drugs because of the accidental death of Nadine, a member of his team. Of course, the cause and timing of his death played a vital role in Bob’s transformation – drug overdose and police rally.

Before explaining these two points, let’s take a look at the four protagonists: Bob, a “drug alligator” who lives by robbing pharmacies (compared with the drug giants we see in other criminal films, Bob is at most a little gangster level). He also has three members: his wife Diane, beater and Rick’s wife Nadine. These four people used to steal drugs from drugstores in various ways. After they got it, they sometimes eagerly enjoyed the booty on the way back with a full load – when the drugs in the needle tube were injected into the body with the blood, their heads gently leaned against the window, their consciousness began to blur, and their eyes were full of satisfaction as if they were witnessing miracles. The world was so colorful Light and wonderful… How can we compare and feel this extreme dizzy pleasure for those of us who have no drug experience? My guess is the sleepiness before going to bed and the dizziness of slightly drunk – the feeling like the soul flying away from the flesh.

Bob is the leader of the team. He is responsible for distributing the booty every time. Of course, he also does the most dangerous work; Bob’s wife is a woman who regards drugs as her life. She never wanted to leave drugs from beginning to end; Rick was a thug, although he only punched once from beginning to end and only hit the door panel; Nadine is a rebellious and lovely little girl, 23 or 22 years old (one said 16): she said she was cute because when she was holding a drawer of drugs stolen from the drugstore, she was stunned because the drawer was too big to put in the car for a second. She resolutely chose to pour the drugs on the seat and threw the big drawer behind her head with great joy, It was like leaving behind all the tensions and crises at this time. Of course, this very unprofessional act immediately attracted Bob’s scolding, which also indirectly led to her death; She said she was rebellious because she had to break Bob’s taboo – the hat can’t be put on the bed – which directly led to her death. Of course, I didn’t mean the hat, but rebellious. Her rebellious character made her dissatisfied with the least income from “dividends” every time. This time, she took advantage of the other three people’s robbing of the hospital to suck a powerful thing she can’t touch. As a result, The beautiful life is over.

Of course, Nadine’s life did not end in that dark forest. In a sense, her life continued in Bob, or she helped Bob start the transformation of his life at the cost of her life. Although Bob is an old poison bug, he knows the harm of drugs and even the consequences of death (which can be seen from his twice preventing Nadine, the youngest, from touching “too powerful things”), but his understanding of the harm and death is vague. He didn’t really understand that the death caused by drugs is so real and terrible until he saw Nadine’s stiff white face with his own eyes, This undoubtedly gave him a heavy blow to his psychological defense. At the same time, it happened that the motel they were in was about to be used by the police at the rally. Suddenly, there was a panic outside the door. For the first time in his life, Bob thought seriously about the rest of his life – either being caught in prison for the rest of his life, or disposing of his body and never taking drugs again – Bob chose the latter. In the section of Bob burying Nadine’s body, the director deliberately chose to shoot a series of actions of Bob from the side and rear across the trees, which made the picture have an obvious sense of peeping, and was intended to highlight the tension and uneasiness in Bob’s heart.

Of course, among the reasons for Bob’s detoxification, in addition to the above important subjective factors, there are some characters that can be regarded as objective conditions: Bob’s respectable mother, a kind sheriff, an old “priest” who takes drugs, the investigators of the detoxification center, and even the small drug dealer who shoots and the director Gus Van Sant.

Respectable mother: while trying to prevent her son and daughter-in-law from entering the house, she couldn’t help kissing her son. Although she appeared for only a minute or two, the infinitely inclusive maternal love has been perfectly presented in front of the audience. With such a respectable and lovely mother watching, it’s difficult for the prodigal son not to look back. Here’s an aside. Mainland filmmakers really have to make up for the similar ability to express their feelings persuasively through some small actions and details. Our films often appear dry and abrupt when expressing characters or feelings because they lack the foreshadowing of such details.

Kind Sheriff: the anti drug sheriff was born with a kind face. Although he was angry and beat Bob, he kindly reminded Bob to pay attention to the Revenge of another policeman since Bob was determined to quit drugs. I’m sorry if I don’t insist on detoxification when I meet such a good comrade. (there is a scene: when the sheriff and other police officers beat Bob violently in the corridor after a policeman was injured due to Bob’s plan, the director deliberately gave a close-up of the sheriff’s red tie Festival. I thought this was a scene taken from Bob’s angle. Bob would grab the tie and fight back. As a result, nothing happened. I don’t understand the purpose of this close-up. Who else The expert points out one or two.)

Drug addicted old “priest”: Bob saw this old acquaintance in the apartment. From their conversation (if I understand correctly), Bob embarked on the road of drugs. It is likely that this old guy played a great role. Now the director arranged for Bob to meet this person again after detoxification and take the initiative to accompany him often. Most of their communication is shown through the medium vision. For example, when people, old and young, walk in the streets, we can’t hear what they say, but Bob’s mentality can be guessed: if I don’t quit drugs, my end will be as miserable as him. Finally, when Bob gave the last bag of drugs to the old “priest”, I thought it was actually a choice that had been late for many years.

Small drug dealer: this shot of the small drug dealer is both revenge and courage. After this shot, he was not the timid poison bug, but a real big man. But this shot came at the right time for Bob – he could refuse the temptation of drugs brought to his door for the first time, but it was difficult to ensure that he would not fall into the devil again for the second and third time. Therefore, this shot not only didn’t come to kill him or already killed him, but brought Bob a new life – Nadine’s death was the price of his first life, And that’s the price of a second life. Since then, I believe Bob has really completed his transformation.

Finally, the director Gus Van Sant: in fact, this is nonsense. The whole film is his, so all the above is actually designed by him to keep Bob and Bob away from drugs and cherish life under sufficient and favorable subjective and objective conditions. This is Gus Van Sant’s warmth and hope.

In terms of the picture style and color of this film, I only briefly say two points: the method of using floating hats and horses to express various hallucinations after taking drugs, I dare say, has certainly affected the subsequent train guessing. The facilities in Bob’s apartment after detoxification are poor, the light is dark, the color is dim, and most of them are night scenes. There is no new breath of a new life at all. However, our films often show that the protagonist will usher in a bright future when he goes out of the detoxification center. It seems that life will be better from now on, but the actual situation is that life after detoxification is not heaven, Bob not only has to face the dull and boring of daily life, but also has to bear the terrible haze that may relapse at any time, so this is the difference between Gus van Santer and us.

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