An underage female character tries to have oral sex with a male while he’s driving, but he refuses. Nothing explicit is shown.
A woman is shown in her lingerie.
Some sexual conversation.
A man believes another man’s subtle actions are a homosexual pass. When he asks, the man say “it might be” but backs off when the man tells him he is “out of line.”


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


(this is not a textbook, it’s just my feeling. If you don’t like to detour and don’t urinate everywhere, it’s uncivilized! If you don’t write, you have to sprinkle everywhere, it shouldn’t be a proud itch. If you really can’t hold back, you have to excrete, take off your vest and come back.)

The reason why many classic stories are wonderful and the characters are profound is just like the wisdom of Hugo’s pen. They have “a character as complex as the sea”. It is difficult to choose such story protagonists, who are quiet and changeable, dangerous but charming, accumulate roaring power in depth, and reveal a small amount of happiness in the turbulent waterfall, so it is difficult not to attract people’s attention. Billy in the spring knife Bob Sonton is such a man, the killer Leon is such a man, the phantom of the theater Gerald Butler is such a person. In short, there are countless dramatic characters like this.

In the lens of the Cohen brothers, I’m afraid the star character who has never been neglected is also such a character. “The absent man” is undoubtedly a representative, and it is also a good film that I like very much in the works of the Cohen brothers. The whole play uses carefully crafted black-and-white tones and enchanting ghosts flowing in soft light, revealing the retro and reminiscent magic charm of the film. The light and dark changes of an exposure in the black-and-white picture engrave the contrast between documentary and drama in the process of recording and narrating the story, and precipitate the color of memory and recall. In addition, as far as the film type is concerned, whether it is shaped in the core, the effect of color, light, spectrum and film, or the theme concept of exposing the dark side of society in a tragic way, it is a follow-up work of remembering the traditional black film of the last century.

The narration of the depiction is not confined to some old-fashioned opening effect. It is connected to the end of the film. The “flashback” way of writing biography in ED’s prison. All kinds of highlights of the whole play are naturally enclosed in the framework outlined by the voice over, making this staggered “ring” murder more and more seamless.

In addition, the Cohen brothers are particularly good at constructing narrative pictures that can be expanded in depth with the lens. They often absorb the breath of terror or crime from an imperceptible angle, create unexpected dramatic conflicts, and create some intriguing artistic conception. It seems to have become the cooking ingredient they must choose. For me, it has also become one of the pleasures of experiencing Cohen style films, but they never abuse it, so they don’t make it cheap and artificial, which is even more popular.

For example, in the blood maze, there is a play about Abby abandoning her husband Marty and living at her lover Ray’s house. The next morning, Abby was ambushed by Marty in the living room. When the Cohen brothers aimed the lens at Maddy’s loyal dog, the whole picture burst into unexpected energy, which was quite good. Ice blood storm also takes an example. Shelly’s father-in-law was shot and killed by a short eccentric man. Then Shelly rushed to the scene to check. At that time, the diagonal lens was aimed at Shelly’s body and the people lying on the ground not far away. When the trunk was opened, the picture looked very intelligent.

There is a similar story in the absent man. Shortly after the opening, the ED and his wife entertained the Dave and his wife. The camera stands behind ed and looks at the brightly lit house ahead with ED’s eyes. Ed tells about his wife washing dishes and playing ambiguous with old Dave. Suddenly, Dave appeared beside ed, and the entrance was outside the picture. This kind of lens language was very magical, skillfully creating the dynamic and uneasy feeling of the picture. In addition, the lens slowly pushes closer to the intake target, or makes the moving object approach in the static lens, which are also used as labels in the pictures of the Cohen brothers, revealing extraordinary in different artistic conception.

Besides, the plot of the movie “the absent man” is not complicated. It is just a life revolution triggered by a crisis marriage and a tired life. The result of the revolution is that there is no life and no future. We can see each other in heaven or fight in hell. Obviously, this time, the Cohen brothers played the game of “abnormal death” again, and still continued to use the themes they had always been keen on. They could not escape the topics of money, marriage and life without talent, such as blood maze, ice blood storm, Barton Fink and so on. They only added a philosophical thinking of the cycle of cause and effect, but also revealed their exploration of human “desire”. Moreover, these films are also concentrated and realistic in the process of dividing regions and environments, deliberately amplifying the background and drawing up a true and credible “report” charm. Especially in the process of forming characters and events, the promotion of the plot always follows the mental path of people to break the shackles of the environment, people are driven and coerced by desire, and people yearn for heights and stand out. This is a reality that you and I can’t get rid of in a world of material desires.

The story begins with a middle-aged barber named ed. he introduces himself with interest. It sounds like he can’t live his life. Some neurotic brother-in-law Frank thinks he is right and nags, torturing his ears all day; Doris, a wife who works in a clothing store, hooked up with Dave, the store owner, but he couldn’t open his mouth; What about himself? Silent, full of depression, mechanical life, emotional numbness, as a redundant son-in-law, he became the second successor of his father-in-law, but in the bottom of his heart, he had no enthusiasm and desire for the life choice of barber.

In addition, the Cohen brothers’ films intentionally or unintentionally amplify the function of the mouth, not to mention large sections of philosophical voiceover, as far as the lips and teeth are focused in the close range, Those facial muscles that reveal distortion, exaggeration, cleverness and grimace in language all form a special narrative language in the film. Of course, the corresponding is silence. As ed said, he doesn’t talk much and only has a haircut. In this way, with the scene, and people, Cohen opened up the edge infinitely with the hammer of psychological perspective and the axe of scene scheduling.

Let’s go back to the role of ED. anyway, he is a fish struggling in dead water and needs fresh oxygen to nourish life. Therefore, he decided to take risks and fight back. As a result, such a small ridicule of the world really reappeared in ED’s life. A fat boss who found business opportunities but didn’t have the money to invest in dry cleaner business walked into Ed’s barber shop. Everything was doomed. The two people were bound together by an invisible life lock.

However, the source of the tragedy is the “blackmail” that has already happened, and ED doesn’t know it. The fat boss once saw Dave, the owner of the clothing store, having an affair with Doris. He also knew about Dave’s rise history, all of which depended on the wealth and support of his wife’s family. These naturally led to the original criminal facts of knocking a sum of money. However, several anonymous letters sent to Dave didn’t receive a reply. The fat boss probably wanted to give up this way of money. As soon as he said that God closed a door for you, he would open another window for you, which also implied his decision to find another way.

It was a decisive turning point when I happened to meet ed. Although it was not revealed in the play, Ed was on the verge of mental collapse. In order to meet Dave’s Revenge psychology, get rid of the coward status of being green capped, and change the role of a dead barber, the plan of “blackmail” was passed to ed like a baton. Then, the bizarre layout with endless aftertaste will be revealed. It can also be seen from here that people look up to the writing ability of the Cohen brothers. All the crime branches of the whole play can be formed into chapters independently, and they all take each character’s own motivation as the starting point, extend inward and focus on the final central point. This complex narrative layout plays an important role in improving the focus of the whole play.

Even in some details that are easy to ignore, they have been carefully deployed, which can’t help but make people sigh. When Ed entered the hotel, picked up the blackmailed cash and walked into the fat boss’s room, my feeling was that ED was too careless. In fact, the Cohen brothers want this effect. Analyzing the character ed, we know that he is not an old hand with all kinds of criminal experience, but an ordinary man tortured by pain, but we can’t think he is an idiot. Choosing the hotel where the fat boss lives as the trading place is that he uses a little tricks and thinks he is the abacus of “having the best of both worlds”. The play was later exposed in Dave’s office and became a particularly natural and vivid plot. This foreshadowing went straight to the end of the play and simply opened the mystery of “the man who wasn’t there”. Dave killed the fat boss, but ed lost his life.

In addition, there are many, such as the scene of Doris hanging, her death, and a lot of amazing information serving the plot. Doris is not Dave’s simple mistress. At least she loves Dave deeply. The baby in her belly explains everything. But ironically, Dave won’t give up his career or his family property for Doris. He is so worried about being blackmailed that he has the idea of breaking off his relationship with Doris, which was revealed during Dave’s secret conversation with ED. In addition, when Ed confessed to the lawyer that he was the murderer, although the lawyer misunderstood his words, the fact that ED carelessly told her should be like a mirror, which may be one of the reasons why she chose to give up her life. In short, there is no plot in this play that does not serve the whole plot, and there is nothing to give up.

The auxiliary function of props or supporting roles is also exquisitely used. The strands of hair cut in the barber shop, long, short, curly and straight, are discarded and put into the dustbin with a broom, because there are new hair decorations on the top of the head. The trimmed hair style is just like that. Life seems to be swallowed and abandoned in a constant repetition. Of course, the fat boss’s wig is the finishing touch. Coupled with the handkerchief that ED carried with him, when he handed it to Dave to wipe his tears, the simple lens has compared the two people’s personality characteristics and spiritual world. Later, when Ed was reading the newspaper, he featured two pages of news, the unlimited prospect of new dry cleaning technology and the UFO in New Mexico. One paved the way for the follow-up of the disappearance of fat boss, and the other showed the characteristics of that era and the aspirations and desires of the people.

Betty, a girl who loves playing the piano, has become a charming violet in the black-and-white picture. It is not denied that Scarlett’s swaying youth has injected vitality into the film, but what is particularly wonderful is Betty, a role full of dramatic tension. It is also static and dynamic. Semi innocence becomes enchanting. Rebellion is hidden behind obedience. It is quiet and appropriate to decorate the disguise before passion. Such children are not uncommon in growth. For example, Betty in the play is regarded as a problem girl or a genius girl. This indispensable role foil is a means to deeply depict the human nature of the play.

Betty plays the works created by Beethoven after he lost his hearing, which lacks passion. In ED’s heart, she is a perfect talent and impression. So that he blurred the concept of “love” and wanted to be with Betty all his life, he imagined that he could be Betty’s agent and build her into a world star, so as to win the value and dignity of his personal existence. Obviously, this is not a discussion of who is right and who is wrong. It is a question of approval and disapproval in ED’s mind. But in the end, even this spiritual sustenance was deprived. Betty’s frivolity is the culprit, but there is another implication. Betty, who plays a good girl in front of her father, pleases or appreciates ed in an adult way. Is this also looking for “self”?

When it comes to character, this is especially worth pondering. In short, almost all the main characters are in line with the psychological characteristics of dissatisfaction and strive to change. The key point is that no one is the same, deep and delicate to the bone marrow. Ed needs to change his whole life for dignity and meaning. Dave needs to change his current dangerous situation. Although he was happy, he chose to betray his wife because of some emptiness. Doris wants to have a clothing branch that can be completely controlled by herself with the help of her mistress status. Ed’s lawyer wanted to keep his invincible reputation until Doris committed suicide and left him regret. He had more reasons to prove himself. What does girl Betty need? Perhaps what is needed is the attention, recognition and understanding desired by adolescent boys and girls. The fat boss who ran away with the money naturally needed money and an opportunity to seize business opportunities. In short, it is these ordinary people who are involved in the vortex of life and death choice for their uncontrollable desires.

If there are two mines lurking in the beginning and end of the play, one is the fat boss, and the second is frank, who is not ambitious and willing to be flat. His last punch to ed in court not only ruined the lawyer’s perfect speech, but also sent ed to the electric chair completely. Line “what kind of man are you?” Frank questioned ed. this sentence also appeared on the night of the showdown between ED and Dave. Dave also questioned ed. This non contrived intentional arrangement is dotted in every corner of the story, leaving different spaces for visitors to interpret. Finally, Bob Thornton’s acting skills are once again admirable.

“Don’t play with your sadness, it devours your life like a vulture.” – Goethe’s Faust

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