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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

"Phileine zegt sorry"

Phileine zegt sorry
"Phileine zegt sorry" ("Phileine says sorry") is one of the craziest foreign films I've ever seen. No, it's not because the acting is "out there" or the plot is bizarre... well, actually, the plot is kinda bizarre in a way.

To put it in one line, the movie is about a woman who gets her boyfriend into trouble and thus sours their relationship because she refuses to admit her wrong.

Phileine is a woman who thinks that people who apologise are weak, and she refuses to be weak. So she barges through life like a roaring thunderstorm with a devil-may-care attitude and lets others pick up the pieces. But she learns eventually that relationships are rarely that simple.

I first learned of this movie when I saw its trailer while watching "Sin City". From this trailer alone, I realised that this was going to be quite a fun movie -- and European too! -- so I looked forward to it eagerly. Days passed and there was no listing for it, until about two weeks ago. Woo-hoo!

I like watching European movies because they involve characters and situations not usually found in Hollywood or Asian films. Like a mother who says there are two kinds of fidelity: love (e.g. from a husband) and sex (e.g. from younger lovers). Or a Swedish woman named Crotch. Or a sex scene amid howling wind and rain (apparently, this is taken from a Chinese saying... huh?).

One thing that I didn't like had nothing to do with the story. Since this is a Dutch movie, there were English subtitles. Unfortunately, the bottom line of these subtitles was usually projected such that only the top half was visible. It wasn't until the last half hour that this was corrected. I'm not sure if this was the projector's fault, because there was no discernible movement of the film upwards to correct this, so maybe the subtitles were just placed too low for the first hour. Fortunately, I managed to follow along quite easily from the smattering of words that I could make out and the overall acting and storyline.

Now I'm looking forward to an Asian American film, "Saving Face". Looks promising.


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