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Wed, Feb. 3rd, 2010 10:11 am
"If I commit suicide with someone, I'd like it to be you"

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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Feb. 3rd, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: you really do sound 50

No, because Truffaut's script establishes her as those things by showing her boring Antoine in the restaurant and chucking Maki out of the flat. Her harsh words to Maki are clearly intended to establish her as unsympathetic in the eyes of the audience, rather as your harsh words here would if you were a character in a film.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 3rd, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
Re: you really do sound 50

since when did you read/watch things so much "with the grain." i guess we're supposed to read/see every character as the authors "indend" them, eh? you know better than that...


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imomus
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imomus
Wed, Feb. 3rd, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
Re: you really do sound 50

Your "read/see" elides two different things, and strips viewers of a freedom I want them to retain: the freedom to read one thing and see another.

The whole point of this entry is that I'm "reading" Truffaut's intentions -- as every sane and competent film-viewer must -- in respect to this character, but mounting a critique of them. I'm hoping to see Japanese women differently than Truffaut portrays them.

I think the best critique of my stance here -- if you want to mount one -- would be to say: "One Japanese woman does not have to stand for them all. Prejudice or misogyny need not be Truffaut's motive. Perhaps Kyoko is spun negatively because the romcom genre requires that the principals retain our sympathy without being upstaged by secondary characters, and that a temporary disruption should reveal the principals' true feelings towards each other. It simply falls to Kyoko to be the foil, the device, by which this formulaic plot shape is achieved."


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Feb. 4th, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
Re: you really do sound 50

"I'm hoping to see Japanese women differently than Truffaut portrays them."

Except for the fact that you original post announces that you've seen just the opposite: you readily submit to his portrayal of the bore/bitch; you and the rest of the audience, in your words...


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