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Les Quatre Cents Coups / The 400 Blows (1959)

In Film on October 13, 2005 at 6:28 am

François Truffaut‘s Nouvelle Vague classics. I Love it~

Story: 14 year old boy Antoine Doinel is neglected and unloved at home and undermined at school. He skipped school with his best friend to have fun and engaged in petty crimes. When Antoine was caught stealing his father’s typewriter, he was sent to delinquent correction center…

The boys wanted to live their own life, but their striving for freedom only led to more constrains and confinement …bounded by responsibility, consequences and social labeling. This is classic teen angst masterfully done with class and honesty that just feel so personal and touching. The child actor Jean-Pierre Léaud is so wonderful~~ the anger, emotions and rebellion spirit are very subtly conveyed on his poker but solemn face, so rare to see such maturity and depth in a boy.

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Bonjour Tristesse

In Novel on March 12, 2005 at 3:33 am

bonjour.jpgBonjour Tristesse (1955)
by Françoise Sagan

I better write down my thoughts before my memory starts to fade. I admit I read this solely out of my slight Francophile tendency and cute cover. ^_- Bonjour Tristesse means ‘Hello Sorrow.’ Author Françoise Sagan, one of famous French literary prodigies , wrote it when she was only 17 years old, published in 1955. It’s a juvenile novella about that awkward stage of ‘not a girl but not yet a women’, full of teen agnst and resistence toward adult/social expectation and confirmity. Though in today’s standard it is a rather cliche-ridden and dated coming-of-age story. The heroine’s supposedly scandalous acts of rebellion are rather…normal and her ‘schemes’ felt preposterous. Speaking from my generation and background, it reads like the comics by Ai Yazawa (flawed young heroine’s struggling between pleasure and responsibility & right amount of realism, characters with complex emotions and motivations, soupy drama, romance and bittersweat ending ;D). However the romance plot between the heroine and Mr.bland was so boring and forgettable. The best part was the central relationship between the heroine and her father’s fiance Anne. I especially enjoy stories exploring conflict between the young and old (why I dig Wes Andersen). I disagree with the introduction in this edition that put far too much weight on the relationship between the heroine and her father, which in my opinion is not as important as the one between heroine and Anne. All in all the book is a fun light read, written with delicacy and complex understanding of thinkings and emotions.

According to Sortie (a Francophile mook ^_-) Bonjour Tristesse was inspired by Billie Holiday music, with songs such as ‘Good Morning Heartache.’

Another Country (1985)

In Film on November 12, 2004 at 7:37 pm

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Based on the infamous Cambridge spies for Russia Guy Burgess & Donald Maclean, Another Country projected a possible motivation on what could have driven two rich upper class school boys into betraying their own country. Set in the 30s, it’s essentially a British boarding school movie starring the very young and handsome Rupert Everett and Colin Firth (both with awful 80s hair), and the much hilariously ‘pure’ Cary Elwes as Rupert’s school boy lover.

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Battle Royale

In Novel on November 11, 2004 at 2:55 am

battleroyale-thumb.jpgBattle Royale (1999)
by Koushun Takami

The premise sounds great: A class of junior high students were forced to participate in a survival game on an isolated island conducted by a (hypothetical) Fascist government. Each were given a random weapon, ranged from utter useless things to a machine gun. They have to kill off each other within 3 days until one survivor remained, or else the collars locked on their neck will explode.

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