Posts Tagged ‘ cinema ’

Movie I dig 034: 那些年,我們一起追的女孩 (You Are the Apple of My Eye) (2011)

I think ‘Na xie nian, wo men yi qi zhui de nu hai’ is my first encounter with Taiwanese cinema and shouldn’t be my last. Basically the plot is that there’s one girl with outstanding grades (also referred to as a ‘honor-student’) and she also happens to be the best looking girl in the high school class. So all the guys like her. Most of the guys are quite childish and not that good with girls (understatement). The guy who is the most childish one manages to get her attention when he steps up for her when she forgot to bring her English text-book and he quickly slips her his and pretends that he is the one who forgot to bring the text-book. It’s no surprise that some kind of bond starts to grow between them. A weird bond though, but eventually they become a couple, a weird couple though, because when they go to college they don’t even hold hands when they say goodbye.

Anyway, I won’t spoil further. It’s hard enough to not see surprises coming from a mile away in this film. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since the film is full of high school and college clichés  (some of them wildly exaggerated), which are quite funny.

It’s based on a book; I might check it out later. If this one is being screened at a theater anywhere near you, go and see it and don’t forget to bring your girlfriend or your boyfriend – if you manage to drag him along.

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Movie I dig 009: Potiche (2010)

This is one pleasurable movie. It’s not complicated, nor is it shallow.

Basically, Potiche is a story about a house-wife who seems kind off naive and silly. She’s got a husband straight from hell. They own an umbrella-factory and have a son and a daughter. Then, the husband falls ill and needs to take some time off the job. Despite what everyone thinks of her, the house-wife steps forward as his replacement. I’m not going to spoil any further.

The house-wife is more than wonderfully portrayed by Catherine Deneuve. Really, she is the star in this one! You can always count on Gérard Depardieu to work the screen!  The last actor worth mentioning is Fabrice Luchini, who plays the evil evil husband. He must have had so much fun playing this character. Wild and relentlessly ridiculous is what he is!

This movie will definitely put you in a good 70s mood.