i don’t watch many animation. There are only a few that I really like and this movie is one of those few.
I was trying to write something about Noah last night and fell asleep. I just now remembered that I didn’t save anything that I wrote last night. Not that I wrote a wonderful six pages of essay.. But it’s still kind of frustrating.
I wasn’t sure what to think of Noah in the beginning but when I finished watching and walking out of the theatre, I was slowly realizing how much I appreciated this film. I’ve watched three of Aronofsky’s films before and I can’t say Noah was my favorite because I’ve never paid huge attention to Aronofsky, but I could actually understand the message in this movie: not only the core message but also the reasons behind some of the scene choices. Aronofsky’s other movies like, The Fountain, Black Swan, and Requiem for a Dream, I’ve only watched them once. That might be the reason behind my lack of understanding, but I just can’t watch Requiem for a Dream again.. Noah, though, I really want to watch it again to organize my thoughts.
What I appreciated the most was the interpretation of Noah’s story. I believe that every art is an artist’s interpretation of something, and Aronofsky’s interpretation was very realistic. Noah’s characteristic was very real. He is different from us but, at the same time, he is very much like us. He is different, because he is carrying God’s command and the mankind’s future is in his hands, but he is also like us, because he is only a man and we have our limitations.
When I read the Bible, sometimes it is hard to understand why some things happened in a particular way (not the main message but the details). It is our job to interpret those details. For example, Noah had good connection between why Noah was so drunk and naked after he came out of the ark. It wasn’t just from the simple taste of the wine but it was from the most humanly reason: out of stress and feeling of failure. Aronofsky’s interpretation was not only exciting to watch but it also went straight with the core of message from Noah’s story: the Love, mercy and grieve.
Few of my favorite scenes include Noah’s encounter with the twins, and the last scene where he is talking with Ila. Noah sees the twins and he is conflicted to whether or not spare them. He knows there’s too much evil in this world and he himself is evil that every mankind should end after this flood, but when he sees the pure twins, he can’t make up his mind. (and go watch the movie)
It’s been too long since I’ve seen Aronofsky’s three other films, so I really can’t say much about his style. Russell Crowe’s voice over sometimes reminded me of The Fountain, but anything else, I didn’t really see Aronofsky.
At the end of the movie all I could think of was, is our life worth sparing. I don’t think I even have to see the whole world to answer that question. Just looking at myself, I know the answer clearly. But despite all these evilness in me and the world, the only reason He is still carrying us is that He loves us and He still sees the goodness and pureness in everyone’s heart.
But let’s not take advantage of that.
There’s no place like home.
Watching Her was incredibly fascinating. It was so perverted and beautiful at the same time. I think trying to explain cinematography, soundtrack, or writing about this film might be too cliche. It was a beautiful film, filled with deeply sincere emotion. I felt like I was reading a diary of Spike Jonze: a diary built up with layers and layers of rich sentiments.
I kept asking myself during the movie, why did she make that breathing sound? Samantha was feeling everything about the world and human beings. She feels the beach, the joy of late night date, the gaze of loved one, and even sex. And yet, Theodore was so curious why she made that short breath. Samantha doesn’t even know, and she says she might’ve caught it during the conversation with people, because that’s what people do. Samantha is fascinated by herself and how she takes these feelings. The joy of little and big things, even the short breath, is a product of what we feel from this world and beings.
Samantha doesn’t even have a physical body, but she is able to feel and learn. I guess she reads it from people’s eyes, tone of voice, or the physical movement, just like us in a theatre. We just watch and listen to the actor and connect right away. Being able to feel the world and love, it doesn’t take a full body, according to this film. It’s the emotions one takes that makes one a living being.
I don’t think there was any happy or sad ending. Whatever happens at the end, “the past is just a story we tell ourselves.” What’s important is what we feel at the moment. The senses we experience, whether it’s good or bad, we can just romanticize it with melancholy music.
I couldn’t leave the theatre after the movie ended. I was organizing my thoughts during the credit, and when I left, I was still in awe. I watched Mean Street right after Her, and I think it was a bad idea, because I couldn’t even focus on Mean Street, and it was just a huge emotional jump from Her. I have to watch this film again, because I think I might’ve found my another favorite film.
Wings of Desire (1987)
Talking about senses from the class reminded me of this scene from Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders. An angel romanticizing what an imperfect human can feel and sense. Beautiful writing.
Damiel: It’s great to live by the spirit, to testify day by day for eternity, only what’s spiritual in people’s minds. But sometimes I’m fed up with my spiritual existence. Instead of forever hovering above I’d like to feel a weight grow in me to end the infinity and to tie me to earth. I’d like, at each step, each gust of wind, to be able to say “Now.” Now and now” and no longer “forever” and “for eternity.” To sit at an empty place at a card table and be greeted, even by a nod. Every time we participated, it was a pretense. Wrestling with one, allowing a hip to be put out in pretense, catching a fish in pretense, in pretense sitting at tables, drinking and eating in pretense. Having lambs roasted and wine served in the tents out there in the desert, only in pretense. No, I don’t have to beget a child or plant a tree but it would be rather nice coming home after a long day to feed the cat, like Philip Marlowe, to have a fever and blackended fingers from the newspaper, to be excited not only by the mind but, at last, by a meal, by the line of a neck by an ear. To lie! Through one’s teeth. As you’re walking, to feel your bones moving along. At last to guess, instead of always knowing. To be able to say “ah” and “oh” and “hey” instead of “yea” and “amen.”
Cassiel: Yeah, to be able, once in a while, to enthuse for evil. To draw all the demons of the earth from passers-by and to chase them out into the world. To be a savage.
Damiel: Or at last to feel how it is to take off shoes under a table and wriggle your toes barefoot, like that.
다시 열아홉살로 돌아가고 싶다는 생각을 정말 많이 한다. 대학교 일학년 입학했을 때로 돌아가서 대학생활을 처음부터 다시 시작해보고 싶다. 지금 내가 후회하는게 있다기보다는 다시 시작하면 더 잘할 수 있는것들이 많아서인것 같다.
스물 네살을 바라보면서 하는 생각인데 후회보다는 현실에 대한 깨달음이 사람을 더 좌절하게 만드는 것 같다. 모든 사람이 그렇지는 않겠지만 난 지금 후회하는 것 보단 어렸을때 내 머리속에 있었던 수많은 가능성과 기대가 점점 사라져 간다는게 무서고 절망스럽다. 꿈이 없는 사람의 삶은 꿈에 미치지 못한 사람보다 더 무의미하다. 어렸을때 가지고 있었던 큰 꿈을 생각지도 못하는 내가 한심스럽기도 하지만 그게 현실인걸 이미 알아버린 이 상태가 힘들다.
나이를 먹었어도 아직 첫사랑이라는걸 경험해 보지 못해서인가 내용은 별로 마음에 닿지 않았다. 그래도 친구들의 이야기는 들은적이 있어서 이해를 완전히 하지 못한건 아니다. 나름 정말 훌륭한 영화라고 생각한다. 영화의 리듬과 공간을 통해 비춰지는 캐릭터들의 감정들에 감동했다. 이 영화는 뭐니뭐니 해도 스크립트가 가장 훌륭하다. 이용주 감독에 대해선 문외한이라 네이버 영화에 검색해보니 살인의 추억을 연출하였다고 써있다. 아직 한국에서는 연출가가 정확하게 무얼 하는것인지 몰르지만 필르모그래피에 살인의 추억이 써있는걸 본 순간 이용주 감독의 다음 작품이 기대되었다.
대사를 통해 모든 스토리를 알려주려는 영화보다는 공간과 리듬으로 스토리를 이어가는 영화를 좋아한다. 그 자체를 보여주려고 하기보다는 함축된것이 더 오래 남는것 같다. 스토리를 이어가려고 하는 대사보다도 스토리에 맞춰진 대사가 더 실감난다고 해야하나.. 몇년 전에 봤던 Certified Copy (2010) 와 비슷한 느낌을 받았다. 계속해서 바뀌는 공간에 따라 그들의 대화가 달라지고 영화의 리듬에 따라 바뀌는 공간과 거기서 나오는 감정들이 마음에 와닿았다.
나는 영화를 볼 때 특정한 캐릭터에 나를 빙의시키는 경우가 많다. 하지만 이번 영화는 딱히 내용자체가 내게 와닿지 않아서일까 내가 특별히 집중했던 캐릭터는 없다. 인상적이었던것은 수지의 연기력. 이번학기에 Acting for Non-majors 라는 강의를 들었다. 가장 기억에 남는 강의는 be interested, not interesting 에 관한 것이었다. 영상을 제작할때와 비슷한 맥락이다. 공간을 통해서 감정을 전달하는 것. 마지막 장면 중 하나인 수지가 빈집에 앉아 있는 장면은 건축학개론이 그녀의 첫번째 영화라는 것이 놀라울 정도로 훌륭했다. 영화의 리듬이 내가 수지의 연기력을 극찬하는 이유 중 하나일 수도 있다. 하지만 수지의 연기력은 be interested, not interesting 에 딱맞는 정말 훌륭한 예 였다. 아, 그리고 이제훈의 연기 스타일에 박해일이 보이는건 나 뿐인가?
한시간 안에 자질구레한 스토리를 잔뜩 집어넣는 드라마들만 보다가 이런 두시간짜리 영화를 보려하니 적응이 되지 않았다. 내가 영화학 전공이란걸 너무 오랫동안 잊고 있었다.. 영화를 고를때 두근거림을 계속 이어나가야 한다.
"You are a beautiful person, Doctor. Clear-headed. Strong. But you seem always to be dragging your heart along the ground. From now on, little by little, you must prepare yourself to face death. If you devote all of your future energy to living, you will not be able to die well. You must begin to shift gears, a little at a time. Living and dying are, in a sense, of equal value." From Thailand by Murakami Haruki
he’s a wording genius.
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