Breasts are shown several times in this movie.


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


Freud was paranoid. He believed in the power of dreams. Later, the birth of surrealism was more or less influenced by him, and even surrealism was the product of Freud’s concoction. “If the two states of dream and reality seem to be incompatible with each other, I believe that in the future, the two will be integrated to form an absolute reality, that is, surreality”. But if surrealism originated in Freund, it would be metaphysical. Strangely, those who have something to do with “metaphysics” are very popular today. For example, Freund’s, Dali, Emil kusturika.

Many people say that because kustulika is deeply influenced by the gypsy culture of Eastern Europe, his works show a surreal romantic mood. In fact, there is a strong trace of Prague School in his works. It combines the form of comedy and serious theme, starting from reality but ridiculing life. As the years passed, the two cultures not only precipitated the thick taste of life, but also sublimated the color of fantasy. Kusturika’s new work life is a miracle in 2004 is such a surreal masterpiece. It gives the dream a natural attitude, but dilutes the absurdity and absurdity with the mediocrity and humor of reality; After enjoying the lofty mountains, huge waterfalls, vast plains and insurmountable forests, the chaotic crowd fell into this distant silence. The past and future, war and utopian ideals were intertwined. The world changed into a “mixed race” state that was free from life but intertwined with it, just like the title of the film: life is a miracle.

Miracle and destiny

At the beginning of the film, it creates a primitive world with escape and freedom. Crisscross sheep fall on the ridge, and the galloping horses seem to divide the space. On one side are animals still living in prehistoric state, and on the other side are the products of industrialization. The railway meanders by. The arrival of spring gives such a small village a new impression. The sunlight, like stage lights, highlights the red tile houses, bathes the fences of the sheepfold, the eaves and the relief of the iron bracket, and seems to become a dream land under the veil.

The chicken broke its shell and the bearded postman shouted magic. It’s really a miracle of life! The old man who died five years ago came back to life. The donkey waiting by the railway track was called by the “spell”. The dull life on this land was broken by surprises and replaced by a kind of detached and quiet psychedelic. The miracles of life came one after another, and people fell into the spell without thinking.

Luka, a Serbian, lives in a harmonious and peaceful town. The three members of the family have their own dreams. His son MIROS wants to play football in Belgrade. His wife galdanka faints in his high voice all the time, while Luka continues to pave the way as an engineer. However, everything was disturbed by the sudden war. Galdanka eloped with her lover at a carnival ball. MIROS joined the army on behalf of the Serbs, but became a prisoner. In panic and depression, Luka accidentally got Sabah, a Bosnian woman. He detained Sabah as a chip to exchange his son with the Mu armed forces. However, the accident is still repeated after the accident. In the daily life, the lonely Luca and Sabah fall in love. When he learned that Sabah had not written to the Mu armed forces to change his son as agreed, and there was no hope to save his son, he angrily left Sabah and came to the countryside where he was born. But it’s hard to avoid attachment in my heart. I use clothes to lead women to such a paradise. In the mountains, streams, plains and hills, they have sexual intercourse, leaving scattered happy footprints. However, the happiness given by God was too short, and their wife’s unexpected visit made them helpless to escape again. Unexpectedly, the peacekeeping forces agreed to exchange hostages, and Luca, who did not want to lose his lover, chose to escape, dreaming of drifting to Australia to start life again. However, Sabah, who was blocked on the way and accidentally injured, urgently needs treatment. Although she narrowly escaped life and death after losing too much blood, she will be exchanged back to Croatia. The seemingly “each in his place” has become the end of two people’s love. When the disillusioned Luca was sad, angry and depressed, he came to the track designed by himself. Everyone thought that life would end with the withering of love, but a miracle happened.

In fact, there are not only miracles at the end of the film, but also layers of sparks from the contradiction between life and dream run through the film. It is in the twists and turns and another way that the characters in kusturika’s works have a helpless sense of fate. In the ancient Greek tragedy King Oedipus, in order to escape the prophecy of “killing his father and marrying his mother” made by Apollo, Oedipus tried to stay away from his parents. But he kept going to his biological parents and finally committed a great crime. In addition to grief, he stabbed his eyes and embarked on the begging road that was chased by the goddess of vengeance forever. Oedipus always couldn’t get rid of the shackles of fate. After Luca had a little more Kusturica’s humor and openness, he escaped the tragic fate but ushered in the sadness and bitterness of life. Oedipus’s tragic fate shows the cruelty of life. Obviously, Kusturica’s works try to avoid this cruelty. It is also a proposition about fate. He detours and weaves a miracle of life with the help of surreal reverie and dreams; After the bitterness, we have more joy. There is no obvious boundary between laughter and tears, beauty and ugliness. In kusturika’s hands, they are stitched into an indispensable chapter of life, and then show a vision or insight beyond the mundane state of empirical reality. Deep inside, we feel sinking.

Politics and war

“Surrealism” has an indissoluble bond with politics, and its expression of freedom is incompatible with the staleness of political rigid dogma. Therefore, we will naturally associate kusturika’s insinuating political tendency and political intention. Compared with the strong metaphors implied in his previous works underground and black cat and white cat, the taste of this film is slightly dull. Of course, this is related to the disintegration of Yugoslavia. In gazing at the once land, the pain in kusturika’s heart was transformed into the helplessness of the protagonist Luca’s fate.

Luca is an engineer who likes to study the terrain sand table alone in the attic. He led his family to this quiet village, which itself means to escape from the noise and row upon row. He hates TV and never listens to the radio. When he came back from a night, he threw the TV out of the window, and the rifle blew it to pieces. His indifferent attitude of isolation and idyllic leisurely life could have been maintained, but the intervention of bearded postman undoubtedly cut off his relationship with the outside world. The disturbance of the world came so late… The postman reported to Luca about the invasion of grizzly bears when he came for the first time. His dictation of grizzly bears pouring into Bosnia from Croatia indicates that war is coming. The tension between the two nations undoubtedly urges the direction and progress of the story.

However, the director did not exaggerate the misery of the war. Despite the roar of gunfire and the ruins, the characters still faced everything calmly. After his father Luca secluded, he obtained a brief peace of paradise. Although his son was wearing a military uniform, his dream of football was still not broken. Compared with “underground” wandering in political lies and betrayals, this film obviously deliberately avoids this proposition. We see the shadow of “black cat and white cat” more in style and intention. Just as carnival and helplessness always go together in white cat and black cat, life is a miracle still aims at the seemingly opposite but coexisting contradictions in life. In the multiple confrontation between husband and wife, wife and lover, postman and engineer, son and lover, life moves towards a combination of coldness and warmth. Although the opposition of various ethnic groups in Yugoslavia and the opposition between the two sides of the war hidden under it have been weakened by life, the language of yearning for peace shown in some images is still clearly visible: the white pigeons placed on the cannon pole and the flying white pigeons startled by the roar of gunfire are all symbols of the director’s political intention.

Born in Sarajevo in the midst of war, kusturika is particularly sensitive to turbulence and wandering. There is an atmosphere of longing for peace and stability in his works. Since his 1985 work “when my father is on a business trip”, people have a moving interpretation of their wandering and helpless living state in the shadow of politics. Since then, each of his works has more or less revealed the meaning of light in the dark and peace in the war, with a kind of hope of life in the dark and bright flowers. In the 1989 work song of the tramp, there are still desperate reality, bitter life and sad tunes, but when the protagonist Peller returns to his hometown pub after life and death, he hears the singer’s endless hope and light: Mom, a black train comes back at the black dawn.

Love and return

After kusturika gave up the external form of politics and war, the spiritual core placed in it needs another carrier, because idealism does not mean nihilism. Therefore, we can see that the rare love in cousturica’s works appears in life is a miracle in the form of fantasy and romance, which is quite similar to the Arizona dream in 1993. In the dream of Arizona, Alex came to Arizona from New York, but fell in love with Irene, who was much older than himself. In order to realize Irene’s dream of flying, they indulged in the manufacture of aircraft all day and finally got free to fly. Life is a miracle undoubtedly continues the dreams of Irene and Alex. The rising bed not only carries Luca and Sabah, flying over the jungle, mountains and rivers, but also presents their love in an ethereal and meaningful picture. They seem to have come to the dream country.

However, the “spiritual understanding” of surrealism failed to transcend the romantic aesthetic intermediary concept. Surrealism yearned to “unify the internal reality and the external reality”, which did not surpass the romantic intuition and sensory tradition. The love between Luka and Sabah shows more integration in visual images. Some people say that it does not touch love, but emotional infatuation under fantasy scenes. This makes sense, because in kusturika’s image, the distance between love and infatuation is often vague and ambiguous, “infatuation and long-term, there is mutual playfulness and appreciation, and love is such a kind of fun and appreciation”. It is not difficult to see that both Alex and Irene in the Arizona dream and Luca and Sabah in life is a miracle have hurriedly established their emotional destination in this fun and appreciation, and their feelings have not been sublimated to the realm of love. The endless thoughts have been transformed into the brilliance and beauty of color and composition, Love seems to be a superficial dream and identity. However, if one day it feels dull and fun becomes boring, love will disappear, just as Alex’s love for Irene becomes giving up after persistence. However, the love of this film was lucky not to fall into the Hidden Reef again. The elusive and confusing “beauty” of love turned into Luca’s incomparable gratitude and compassion for life at the end. The donkey suffering from lovesick saved their lives and their love. The director’s surreal performance fulfilled all kinds of coincidences and fate behind the fragmented life, which also brought the film to a successful end for love.

Of course, life is a miracle, but it will still tend to be dull in the end. When we uncover the layers of veil, more opportunistic coincidences seem to become stylized rules. Kusturika’s handwriting is a re interpretation of this rule. Even after applying thick ink and bright colors, it still has a sense of returning to nature. Compared with kusturika’s previous works, “life is a miracle” still has a lot of descriptions of animals and nature. In terms of composition, sheep and horses shuttling through the simple and natural scenery are constructing a Rococo jumping feeling. In terms of the film’s essence, kusturika’s “pantheism” is somewhat influenced by Fellini’s image, with a compassionate artist’s mind. Things and people shuttle between them. Maybe kusturika is not only deconstructing life, but also building reality.

Life is a miracle is not only a simple light comedy of life, but also carries the director’s complex psychology. Kusturika does not maintain an implicit value towards the war. Although he does not want to touch the essence of the war, he reflects the sadness of leaving his hometown. Even if the two fled their homes as they wish at the end, his son, who is difficult to give up his family, is still waiting for his hometown. The bullied hometown has become difficult to belong to, and the sense of wandering arises spontaneously. I remember that this faint nostalgia overflowed at the end of underground: “once upon a time, there was a country called Yugoslavia…” there was a kind of unexpected helplessness in forgiveness and redemption. The hometown is no longer there, and “I” can only stop in the distance and look at the flying light and shadow on the horizon, Looking forward to the return of that day

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