There are strongly implied themes of homoeroticism and homosexuality.
Male graphic nudity is briefly seen.
Sex is implied though all that is briefly seen is bare legs and a woman’s bathing suit bottoms around her ankles.


A nude man’s backside is shown as he gets out of a bathtub, but it is dark and shadowy. Another man looks at him for a second.
There are references to homosexuality – both verbal and physical actions.


Two brief instances in which a man’s genitals can be seen. In the first scene, his crotch area is quite shaded, but it’s clear enough to see. The second time it’s shown as a man stands up, and is very brief. Both scenes are a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it type of scene unlike Hollywood’s female nudity.


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


“Scheming”, the Chinese translation is excellent.

As soon as I saw the content introduction, I had a strong desire to watch the film. As a lesbian, although she is particularly interested in the protagonist’s sexual orientation, what is more important is the plot. By the way, the sense of form of the movie poster should drag the designer out and shoot him. If I hadn’t carefully read the name of the starring star and the synopsis of the plot, that disc would be regarded as a third rate rotten film by me in the gorgeous sea of discs in the piracy market and completely ignored. Pirates are too lazy to send more sets of films with that cover… The sense of form is very important, very important!

Soup Ripley [Matt Damon] is a young man with a low life, but he has a unique talent, can imitate others’ handwriting and voice, and is good at camouflage.

By chance, he was entrusted by a rich shipbuilding merchant to go to Italy to persuade rich merchant’s son Dicky [Judy Law] to return to the United States. Ripley got to know Merty, a rich woman, on the ship Lando [Kate Blanchett], in a few words, convinced her that she was Dickie, the son of the ship king Ginny. In Italy, Ripley skillfully integrated into Dicky’s life. Ripley deeply envied Dicky’s everything and had an unspeakable love for Dicky. When Dicky resolutely denied and rejected Ripley, the out of control rip killed Dicky with the oar.

After that, Ripley pretended to be Dickie and went to Rome to meet and date Marty again, but soon met Dicky’s girlfriend Maggie [Gwyneth Paltrow] and musician Peter [unknown handsome man]. He designed to let Marty and Marty meet, creating a false image of Dicky stepping on two boats, and then killed Freddy who found him pretending to be Dicky, After escaping Rome in a hurry, he came to Venice. He forged Dickie’s handwriting and left a letter of regret and suicide due to the murder of his friends, which not only escaped his guilt, but also convinced Dickie’s father that Dickie’s favorite was not Maggie but Ripley himself, so he got a lot of money that should belong to Dickie.

Ripley, who thought he had got rid of everything, took a boat with Peter to Athens. The story should have been perfect, but Ripley met meldy on the boat. His kiss with meldy made Peter feel jealous and suspicious. Ripley strangled Peter. Finally, he returned to his cabin and sat in silence.

Every detail of the plot is very delicate.

At the beginning of the film, Ripley performed in a borrowed Princeton uniform, rich businessman Hannibal Lecter Ginny thought that Ripley was in the same school as his son and asked him to go to Europe to find his son. Every word Hannibal said was imitated vividly by Ripley, which surprised Dicky. Hannibal only mentioned the name of his wife once, and Ripley also remembered it and easily won the trust of Merty. Ripley plays the piano in the theater in the middle of the night to satisfy his vanity. It is not surprising to borrow his school uniform, which also paves the way for Ripley to do anything to get a luxurious life in the future. In order to get close to Dickie, Ripley, who loves classical music, crazy about jazz, and deliberately pretended to accidentally drop out of the Jazz disc in front of Dickie.

The most wonderful part is that when he killed Freddy after pretending to be Dicky was exposed, he carried Freddy into the car with his huge body. Passers-by passed by at night. Ripley angrily complained about his “drunk” friend. He bowed his head and refuted by imitating Freddy’s voice. His voice was vivid and his behavior was smooth and calm, Instantly stunned all the audience. In the front of the film, it was mentioned by melty that no one in Rome didn’t know Freddy. When Ripley imitated Freddy’s voice, the expression on the faces of passers-by proved that they recognized the “drunk fat man” as Freddy, and the passers-by became several celebrity cards that later identified Dicky [when Ripley was counterfeiting Dicky], and Ripley himself ran away at night, The wind disappeared from Rome.

After Ripley arrived in Venice, he had to participate in the police investigation because he was also involved in Dickie’s murder. Earlier, he had written a letter indicating suicide to Ripley under the guise of Dickie’s tone and handwriting, but pretended to be relaxed. The agent handed the letter to him. He first asked, “have you opened it?” Then he went aside and looked back at the letter. After reading it, Ripley looked flustered and whispered, “this is a letter indicating suicide.” Then he snapped at the agent with tears in his eyes, “you’ve read this letter long ago, but you still come to ask me these boring questions So Ripley became a victim of losing his lover, which made Peter, who had always been with Ripley, sympathize and pity him.

There are two theories about Ripley’s actions. One is that Ripley split his personality after killing Dickie. Because he deeply loved Dickie and reached the state of spiritual integration with him, he lived as Dickie and as Ripley himself. Another view is that Ripley’s love for Dickie is purely out of jealousy of Dickie’s life. The life to kill Dickie and replace Dickie was planned from the beginning.

The first statement about personality division is wishful nonsense, and the second statement is too absolute.

Ripley must be jealous of Dickie, but there must be love. These two feelings can coexist. Ripley’s sexual orientation is not clear, but it can be determined that he prefers the male side. He loves Maggie and he also loves melty, but his feelings for Peter are more pure and his feelings for Dicky are crazy. After killing Dickie, he and the body hugged each other and slept in a wandering boat, as if Dickie fell asleep quietly holding him. The wonderful letter forged later was Ripley’s own forged Dickie’s love and commitment to himself, which deceived all people and satisfied himself to a certain extent. Peter really loved Ripley, but he was also killed by Ripley. It can be said that if he didn’t love Ripley, he wouldn’t die. Ripley killed him to hide his crime and his dirty self. Instead of letting Peter know his ugliness and being abandoned, he might as well never know it.

Ripley kills three people in the film, and the handling of each murder is shocking.

The first time was to kill Dickie out of control. It was said that Ripley was out of control because Dickie beat him before. In fear and despair, Ripley swung the oar. The oar hit Dickie’s temple and his blood collapsed. In the distant view, Ripley hit Dickie again and again with the oar and knocked him to death with tears. It was extremely quiet, leaving only the sound of the sea.

The service creature of the hotel took Ripley who fled back in a hurry as Dickie, and Ripley was stunned. It was only after that that that Ripley began to use his talents. On the one hand, he hid his murder and on the other hand, he used Dicky’s identity to live the life he had longed for. So killing Dickie was not planned from the beginning, but an accident.

The second murder was to kill Freddy, who saw through his fake behavior.

Freddy has a quick mind. When he broke into the apartment rented by Ripley and pretended to be Dicky, he was full of doubts about Ripley. Moreover, he didn’t like each other with Ripley at the beginning. How can such a person not kill him. Ripley banged him on the head with a plaster head after he broke in [it may not be plaster, but it’s very similar to those plaster heads I painted in high school…] and just five minutes ago Ripley was telling the frivolous Freddy not to touch the expensive stone.

This scene is easy to recall that at the end of the Korean film the scarlet letter, the landlady of the photo studio smashed her husband’s head again and again with the statue of the virgin. It is also a picture of the police walking back and forth in the room after the murder, and the cleaned murder weapon blurred not far behind the police. Of course, scheming comes first and the scarlet letter comes last.

The third murder is at the end of the film.

Peter lay on the bed and said “some good things about Tom Ripley” with a smile. His voice was gentle, low and beautiful. Ripley gently bent over Peter’s back, his ears close to his body, smiled weakly, listened to the lingering whisper of his lover, and held a long silk scarf in his hand.

Then he went back to his cabin and sat by his bed, feeling lonely. Peter’s voice continued, and then there was a brief groan. Ripley cried his name, and then there was no sound.

At the beginning of the film, it was the scene of Ripley sitting motionless. His face was expressionless, and his voice gently said, “if time can go back, if the past can be erased, from the beginning of my life, from the time I borrowed my school uniform…”

As for Peter’s death, there is no need to worry about how it will end. Ripley will still skillfully design and get away with it.

Matt Damon’s performance was very moving. I’ve always had little interest in secret agent films, so I’ve only seen the film he starred in, the soul catcher. In that film, he played a cleaner in the University and solved the math problems left on the blackboard in his spare time. Later, an excellent teacher guided him to the mainstream life path – giving full play to his talent and mastering life… The theme is very good, The actor is also great [Robin Williams], the director is also strong [Gus Van Sant], and the script of the film is Matt Damon himself wrote it and won the Oscar for best screenplay. He really has a high IQ.

In scheming, Ripley he plays doesn’t look like a wicked man full of evil. He looks vulnerable. Everything he does is because he is really hurt. However, all his disguises are so frightening. What kind of evil and intelligence can escape everything so easily.

The film focuses on a criminal, but the audience doesn’t think Ripley should be severely punished by the law. Instead, they are nervous about whether he can get out of all kinds of dangers. After he killed Dickie, the audience showed more sympathy for Ripley; As for Freddy’s death, the fat man deserved it; Peter’s death is deeply sad. Everyone knows that Ripley will do anything to save himself, but everyone still has to ask why Ripley must do so, and if Ripley really exists, he must have asked himself countless times.

No one has to be a bad man in the beginning, soup Is Ripley a bad man? Of course he is, but he is so poor that he suffers from mental torture even if he doesn’t go to prison. [very different from the shameless night God moon classmate, aha?] What kind of evil and vulnerability is it to kill the person you love twice. Dickie is too debauchery, Maggie is too persistent, melty is too entangled, Freddy is too busy, Peter is perfect, but he is too credulous to Ripley. There are many mistakes in this world, not because there are many bad people, but because there are too many different people.

In the end, Ripley lost more than he got.

In fact, the plot of the film is not perfect. Although the whole story is quite perfect later, such a thing still seems too absurd in the real society. Some accidents are arranged in the story. These accidents make Ripley escape, which shows that Ripley’s plan is not perfect, and all his disguises can only be arranged in that era. I don’t know. It’s about the 1950s-1970s, when listening to plastic discs. There are fishermen singing Arias near the port of a small town in Italy. The women wear elegant clothes and the house is decorated with complex and exquisite decorations, It was an age when there was no annoying digital machinery in modern society, and an age when people felt art.

The rhythm of the film is very smooth, interlocking and full of tension; The actors performed well, Matt Damon is fragile and introverted, but calm and fierce, Judy Lao is frivolous and lively, Gwyneth Paltrow is gentle and kind, Kate Blanchett’s noble, amorous and unknown handsome man is elegant and deep; The picture of the film is very beautiful, showing the beautiful scenery and unique customs of Italy at that time; At the beginning, ancient Greek opera like singing, Italian town folk songs, jazz, opera, church hymns… All kinds of music run through it, full of artistic flavor… Very beautiful. It is also very beautiful. Why does everything so beautiful work together to describe such a cruel story.

After reading it, I was deeply sad.

Soup Ripley, sitting in the dark cabin, he has just returned from Peter. After he killed him, maybe he stayed with him for a while and came back when his tears dried up.

His expression was so cold-blooded or sad. And I don’t know whether I should sympathize with him or hate him.

[Tom quietly plays a sad tune and Peter comes over.]

Peter: I don’t believe that letter. Do you believe it? I mean Dicky’s letter. Do you believe it?

Tom: I don’t know what to believe.

Peter: how can he live safely if he kills Freddy. How can you stand looking back every morning? Like drinking coffee every morning?

Tom: no matter what you do, no matter how bad, no matter how painful, you think it makes sense, don’t you? No one thinks he’s a bad guy, right?

Peter: always torture people. After all, kill people.

Tom: would you bury the past in the basement, then close the door and never go in? I’ll do that.

Peter: Oh, my God, yes. I need a building to bury it.

Tom:… Then you will meet a special person. All you have to do is give him the key. Said, “open the door and go in.” But he can’t, because it’s too dark and ghosts are everywhere. In case he finds out how ferocious it is

Peter: you play too much sad music. That music makes you think.

Tom: I just want to vent my secrets and memories, open the door… Let the light shine in and illuminate everything. I wish I could have a giant eraser to erase everything and be a man again. But the problem is, Peter, if… If… If… I don’t know what to say

Peter: then give me the key.

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