A picture of a fully naked woman is shown for about half a second (black and white, hard to see). The picture is in a magazine being viewed by young children. They briefly comment on the size of her parts.
Young children briefly talk about how a child is conceived. (Using benevolent words, such as “your thing, her thing”).
The term “couldn’t keep her knickers on” is used which means “needed to have sex”.


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


Two shooting methods of biographical films

Another story happened in Ireland.

Because of Neil Jordan’s film and Alan Parker’s Angela’s ashes, Ireland in my impression is endless rain, wet streets and melancholy faces. Moreover, I knew in advance that Christie brown, the protagonist of this biographical film, was a disabled painter. Moreover, he grew up in the heavy era after the war. Moreover, he was born in a poor family at the bottom of society. His father was a construction worker. In addition, his family had six starving children. So before watching my left foot, I was ready for another dark and gloomy night.

The film proved me wrong. When the final lens was fixed on the smiling faces of Christie and Mary and the sunny and clean blue sky, my heart was as happy as the sky and moved by the beautiful and kind qualities of human nature for a long time.

There are two things that move my heart most.

First, the family love and mutual support between the Browns made me understand the reason why Christie became an excellent painter and writer.

Christie was born with congenital cerebral palsy. Only her left foot can move. What a blow to the family struggling on the poverty line! But the mother didn’t give up. She always believed that her son could stand up and have the same life as normal people. She took good care of her son. Christie was like her shadow. She never left her side. She was pregnant again. She also climbed up and down at home with him on her back. Her husband lost patience and drank away his worries, while she was full of hope for her son every time he struggled to pick up chalk with his left foot. She secretly saved money for her son to buy a wheelchair. Even if her husband lost his job, the whole family could only eat porridge every day, and she didn’t move a penny. At the age of seven, Christie used her whole body and mind to write down “mother” on the floor with his left foot for the first time in her life. The whole family couldn’t believe it. Quietly watching the miracle, my mother stammered and tears filled her eyes. I believe this is the happiest moment of this strong mother’s life.

After Christie’s courtship to the female doctor was rejected, she locked herself in the cabin and drank all day. The distressed mother didn’t cry. She came to her son’s bed and told him: if you give up, I haven’t. Then the respectable fat woman moved bricks and cement and built a studio for her son alone in the small courtyard. Christie started painting again and wrote her story into a book. Without this great maternal love, we would only see an alcoholic in a wheelchair all day.

The most touching part of maternal love is the mother’s meticulous insight and wonderful spiritual connection. When Christie fell in love with the female doctor who treated him, the mother downstairs sensitively caught the enthusiasm in his speech, but it was not what I thought. Instead of being happy for her son, she said to her dull husband that there were some things in that voice that bothered her and there were too many hopes. She doesn’t want her son to fall in love, because it will inevitably make him suffer “physical disability and mental damage”; But she also wanted her son to have ordinary happiness, so she could only be silent, watching her son uneasily in silence and praying for him.

The love and support between brothers and sisters are also so simple and moving in the film. And father, this rude worker may not have enough patience, but he doesn’t lack love. He has his own way. He worked hard to support everyone. Christie could write. He took his son to the bar and proudly announced that he was “our Browns”. My father died. In the film, there was a clip of the whole family smashing a bar. It was a vent of pain, for the dignity of my father and the pride of the Browns. I think it is this strength that supports Christie to become a great genius in the eyes of ordinary people step by step.

Another thing that moved me was Christie’s love, which let me see the suffering of an ordinary soul for love, rather than the so-called genius love adventure.

That child’s family like game, that youthful night, Christie watched her sister and lover kiss under the street lamp. In the dark, his face was distorted and deformed by intense longing and repression, and the deep sadness in his eyes pierced my heart, which would make everyone moved and unbearable. What a pair of eyes Lewis has, even the boundless night is sobbing for him. When Christie, immersed in love, proposed to the female doctor, his love was shattered by the harsh reality, and he could no longer control himself: “all I have in my life is platonic love, fuck Plato! That’s not 100% committed love!” Love and knowledge are lucky or unfortunate for a person whose body loses the ability to love? I never doubted before, but now I feel their cruelty.

Fortunately, at the end of the film, Christie found a destination, a woman who can stay with her all her life. He asked his mother to give him a red rose. He held it with his left foot and smiled cunningly and proudly at his lover. He knew that he had given up his date with others and the heart of the woman who came in from the door already belonged to him.

I don’t know much about director Jim Sheridan. Although his two or three works are documentary and have clear political and social backgrounds, any grand narrative does not cover up the characters’ emotions. I feel that his original intention of making this film is certainly not to show an extraordinary story and good performance of a genius, but, like me, he was moved by the maternal love and family affection that promoted Christie to become an excellent painter, and his desire and struggle for a normal love life. And this kind of love may also exist in your life and my heart.

This reminds me of another biographical film, beautiful heart, which just won the best film Oscar this year. I don’t think “beautiful mind” is a bad film. It is a very successful film. The mathematician Nash fought alone with his illusion for most of his life. His great courage is also respected and moved. It is not only what Americans need, but also essential for all people at any time. But it’s strange that this film, which also talks about feelings and courage, always feels very far away from me. It doesn’t go deep into my heart like Christie. Later, I thought, this may be the problem of the director or the play.

I haven’t seen any other films of Lang Howard, the director of beautiful mind. I know he is a mainstream Hollywood director. From this film, we can see that the photography is regular, the color is full, and he knows how to use the lens to create an atmosphere – whether it’s romantic love or nervous psychological illusion. Under his control, The film has the most successful commercial elements of Hollywood films, touching spiritual power, warm family affection and the breath of romantic love. The most prominent is the good structure, which has caused the rhythm and stimulation of suspense thrillers. The focus of the film is obviously in the first half, in Nash’s illusory world. After the answer is revealed, his courage shows great power only against this background. Why is it so? How much impact this has had on a normal person’s life? The performance of the film is too dramatic. To express Nash’s illusory world in the way of suspense film catches the audience’s heart, but it also causes the effect of separation. Entertainment elements and strange details build a wall between the audience and the protagonist. We are attracted by sensory stimulation and tense plot. When the rhythm finally calms down and the stimulation disappears, Nash’s war is coming to an end, We seem to be watching a one act play of extraordinary genius. We don’t have our share in the play. We stand up with respect and satisfaction, applaud, and then go out of the cinema to mix with ordinary life.

Lang Howard is undoubtedly successful in technology and business, but I don’t think this way is suitable for biographical films. Watching a movie is to see another life, or just entertainment. But for biographical films, people obviously expect more. They want to see a person’s success or failure, joy or pain, struggle or glory. Their purpose is to make reference to their own life and help themselves. Then the sense of authenticity is very important. “Beautiful mind” does not focus on the combination of Nash and ordinary people, but focuses on rendering his illusory world to highlight his extraordinary personality power. In my opinion, it is indeed a myth, or even a divine word with obvious entertainment elements, as Jonathan said. The audience’s attention is distracted, and Nash has little impact on us. In fact, the motive of making the film may be to create such a God, so it is said that many real shortcomings and details in Nash’s life were not written into the script. However, it is precisely because of the boring life and the complexity of human nature that we will feel credible, see valuable things from even the slightest flash of film characters, and go deeper into our lives and hearts. I saw this flash in the pain of not being able to love, the pride of having love, and the struggle between weakness, giving up, shame and cheer up.

From what angle, or from what standpoint, a director shoots a biographical film, whether to look up to create a God, add a halo to his head, place the genius in an unattainable and distant shrine, or approach and go deep with his head down, trying to make people understand his life and close to his heart, so as to give our hearts a great support, Thought has also experienced a great adventure. Of course, it is the freedom of the director and the freedom of choice of the viewer, but for me, the realm of these two biographical films is high and low.

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