The film implies most of its content (unlike the book) rather than actually showing it. There is a scene in which two young children (maybe 12-14) climb into bed together fully naked, but they don’t actually have sex. And there’s a scene of an adulterous liason, wife swapping at a swinger’s key party.

Two teenagers discuss having sex, the girl then lays on her back on a sofa and the boy climbs on top of her and begins to undo his pants, they are interupted by her father.


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


I like the small details carefully set in this film, one ring by one, very exquisite, Ang Lee’s masterpiece. The music inside should be the sound of Xiao. It’s really beautiful. The specific plot is always the second. What determines the quality of the work is always the nodes in the connection. I selected some impressive points to talk about my views.

1. The cartoon “super four” on the train, “Richard must shoot his son who became a human flesh atomic bomb with an antimatter gun. The group of four always encounters such a problem, because they are different from other heroes. They are like a family. The closer they are, the easier they are to hurt each other unconsciously. This is the idea of the super power group of four, and the family is the antimatter gun. You were born in the family and died in the family.”

This is the beginning of the film. This passage sets the tone and theme of the whole film. I think Ang Lee is not just talking about “family”, but rather an interpersonal combination with deep connections, and family is the most typical organization in this combination, so Ang Lee likes to explore the human nature issues he is interested in in in such a small environment. In this dense web, people restrain, give and hurt each other, and appear in the face of love. Full of contradictory tension.

2. The eldest son Paul likes an upper class girl Libby, “she has money, but she spends the winter alone in a big house in New York, while her stepfather takes her mother and her sister skiing in Switzerland.”. This background introduction was brought out by one of Paul’s classmates, but it is an indispensable clue to understand the subsequent events. Paul met her in a class on Dostoevsky and existentialism. For her beauty, the beginning of love is often external attraction. In class, he stared at her, but unexpectedly, The girl with outstanding appearance and exquisite dress unexpectedly objected to the teacher: “Dostoevsky means that Christians must choose, because you have to have your own opinion, and you can’t choose to be good, because it’s too rational, so you have to choose to be evil, which is logically speaking.” Combined with the girl’s background, we can understand why this amazing remark came out of her mouth. While trapped in love, Paul completely ignored the thorns on her. After class, he was half chatting up and half thinking that he was pleasantly surprised by his perfect partner (the double attraction of body and mind). He recommended Toby’s masterpiece idiot. The complex and clear theme of idiot is quite different from what Libby said. These two scenes are like a preview, announcing the fundamental difference between Paul and Libby. But Paul, who was covered with rose gauze, could not realize this, and his love ended up being hurt.

3. Little daughter Wendy’s “boyfriend” Mickey (I don’t know if they can be called boyfriends. They are underground and just keep warm together to spend the painful adolescence, relying on each other to release excess hormones and explore the mysterious other half of the world) is very good at mathematics, especially geometry. One night, he had an interesting conversation with his brother:

Mickey said, “I’m not good at mathematics, but good at geometry. For example, the square of two, you’ll think it’s two, two and four. In fact, it refers to square, space, not numbers, space. It’s a perfect space, but it only exists in the brain. In reality, you can’t draw a perfect square, you can only imagine, do you understand?”

Mickey’s brother said very cute, “well, but I just want to ask my homework…”

OK, I still smiled happily when I saw this. Mickey’s brother is so cute. But I think it’s interesting that Mickey said that the perfect square only exists in my brain. It reminds me of Libby’s saying “being good is too rational”. The two paragraphs are from the mouth of the child, both exploring the distance between ideal and reality, echoing each other from afar. Mickey is a shy boy with a lot of strength inside his body, just like the most insignificant boy we can see in that awkward and vigorous age. But the screenwriter and director use this sentence to give him a sense of sadness to first understand this cruel world. In this film, both adolescent children and college students who have just entered the University and began to live and love freely are putting forward their struggles and their puzzles. Some pretend to have seen through the world and choose the cruel means to face life, such as Libby, Others vaguely remember the “perfect square” in their mind, while their bodies stumble in reality, such as Mickey. Yes, Mickey shows his confusion and sadness in this passage, but he doesn’t find a way out and has no answer. He doesn’t even know that he is confused and looking, and everything is in the fog.

3. The cheaters of the two families, Mickey’s mother and Wendy’s father, both teach their children about body and sex at the same time. This irony is really interesting.

4. Wendy basically didn’t laugh. At the beginning of the film, she criticized the lies of Watergate on the phone. At the Thanksgiving family party, Wendy’s father said, “Wendy, come and pray. Didn’t you like prayer best before? Wendy prayed: “Lord, thank you for creating Thanksgiving and giving us a rich life. Let the white people slaughter the Indians, plunder their land, eat like pigs and ignore the Asian people who died miserably… “This is Wendy, full of violent and ironic calm. She uses this calm to face Mickey’s mother’s” body is a palace “Sex education, frankly facing all the fragments of life she saw, I believe that she is the child who sees the most dirty face of her parents in the adult world. Therefore, the way she chooses is also the most violent and self mutilation. She helped Mickey masturbate with Truman mask, and then said to her father who scolded them,” don’t give me money “.

5. On the night of the ice storm, adults are having a “wife changing party”, the eldest son Paul is having a marijuana party at Libby’s house, Wendy and Mickey’s brother are drinking at home, naked and lying in bed to discuss sexual issues, while Mickey is watching the ice storm in the ice and snow.

Mickey’s brother kissed Wendy and said, “I love you“

Wendy said, “it’s good that you’re drunk. “

They hugged each other to sleep, very warm.

Mickey’s younger brother is more cruel than Mickey. He likes to hold a plastic soldier. He can use soldiers to secretly shoot behind Wendy. He shoots with sexual meaning, peeks at Wendy’s groin, likes to blow up all kinds of toys with explosives and whip trees. He teaches Wendy to hang soldiers with ropes. He is essentially the same as Wendy. They face the cruelty of life with their cruelty, They learned to live in peace and cruelty. So when they fell in love, Mickey with the perfect square in his head died in the ice storm.

6. Paul didn’t smoke marijuana. After Libby refused, he came back safely from the ice storm. His heart was hurt, but he still smiled. The child who likes “idiot” is the softest and most divine existence in the film.

7. The only death, delicate and fragile Mickey. Why not Paul? Although Ang Lee is pessimistic, he still has faith in ideals, even if it is so meager.

8. Paul and idiot are the most ideal settings in this film. Paul is the Earl of MAE Shijin. Ang Lee is paying tribute to Tuoshi and points out what he thinks is a way out for the struggle in the film.

9. The sun was bright and cold after the ice storm. Paul came back with the light, and his tired family shrank in the sun. Full of metaphors, such as every sentence and every scene in the film.

I suddenly found that my points are basically about children, because children are full of possibilities, and their cruelty smells of light. Adults, however, have only a strong sense of fatigue and sadness after being tortured by life. This makes me heavy. Ice storm is heavy enough.

I think Ang Lee is sad and tough. He’s so charming.

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