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Vol_9 21.1.2014

Vol_9 21.1.2014


Simply Love

被愛

Mrs. Dalloway

Set in a public housing block in a rough-and-tumble section of South London, Beautiful Thing is a coming-of-age drama about two teenage boys gradually coming to terms with their homosexuality. The film opens with Mama Cass Elliot’s ‘’It’s Getting Better,’’ an uplifting and cheery late-60’s hit, which sets the tone of the film, a likeable mixture of working-class realism and feel-good fantasy. The tender love story is handled both sensitively and imaginatively, mixing reality and wish fulfillment. Beautiful Thing is a breath of fresh air, unlike most gay-themed motion pictures, it does not assume a preachy or political tone, instead it is sweet, intimate, entertaining, and all the way, remains steadfastly faithful to the characters it has created. Introspective Jamie (Glen Berry), the son of Sandra (Linda Henry), a tough but warm-hearted barmaid, falls in love with his classmate and neighbor Ste (Scott Neal), an athletic boy who often has to take a beating from his alcoholic father and violent brother. The two boys make a compelling, dynamic pair. Jamie, introverted but witty, and Ste, sporty but soft-spoken, together bring a quietly powerful emotion to the film. The storyline is not exactly bursting with surprises, but there is power in its simple representation of ordinary events concerning ordinary characters. It represents people being celebrated, not condemned for their eccentricities. It also represents a keen, personal look at the difficulties of growing up gay in a heterosexual world. Apart from the apparent theme of coming-of-age, the film also has a sharply observed sense of family and community supported by astonishingly natural and solid acting. Berry and Neal effectively convey their characters’ inner struggles, allowing the audience to share in the complicated web of wonder and pain experienced by them as they come to terms with their sexual identity. Meanwhile, as Sandra, Linda Henry portrays, with a disarming façade and subtle intensity, a woman whose fighting spirit masks a streak of hard-bitten tenderness for her son. It does not hurt either that the film delivers some of the quirkiest, most unpredictable lines in film history.

Strange and Beautiful Quote 1 [Sandra finds Jamie skipping school] Sandra: What happened? School burned down, did it? Jamie:Yeah. Sandra: What was it this time? IRA bomb? Jamie: Fundamentalist Muslim pyromaniacs. Sandra: Oh, funny, that. Looked all right when I walked past it. Quote 2 Leah: Dont suppose youve got any jobs in your new pub? Sandra: No. But if I ever do turn it into a brothel Ill get back to you, ok? Quote 3 Jamie:You know who Claude Monet is? Sandra: Jamie, dont make me out to be thick.

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看畢這齣電影,我立刻肯定這是一部改編自 小說的電影。以香味比喻被愛的「資本」為主調 貫穿全文,其精妙的象徵在電影界中可謂難得一 見。坊間的簡介都寫這是一個偏執狂為了收集少 女的香氣而殺人的故事,其實上這是一套愛的 悲劇。 常人一定憧得被愛的甜蜜,我們一定曾經被 愛過,可能是被父母、兄弟姊妹、朋友或情人所 愛。《香水》的男主角Jean-Baptiste擁有異於 常人的嗅覺,能以味道分辨出周遭所有的物件和 它的位置。但這樣的一個天才,一出生就被母親 拋棄,其後被育嬰院夫人賣到皮革廠當苦工,最 後然後工頭又把他轉讓給一位意大利香水大師。 其後Jean-Baptiste想到香水之鎮──格拉斯學 藝,香水師令他交下逾百條香水配方才可離去。Jean-Baptiste連母愛也未得過,育嬰所夫人、工 頭和香水師都只是在利用他來換取金錢,而這些 離棄他的人最終都彷彿被詛咒般死於非命。可憐 他一生從來沒有被人愛過。 為什麼再討厭的人都能被愛著?大概每人都 總有一些被愛的資本吧,可能是好皮囊,或者是 好脾性,興許是才華,又或是體香。再細微的資 本都是我們的「美」。 愛人者求美。《香水》追求唯一的美就是 香氣,而香水能增添我們的香氣,刺激我們的 感官,激發情愛。如戲中所言,每一種香味都 是“Unique Beauty”。可悲的是,Jean-Baptiste自出娘胎就不帶一縷味道,他是一個沒有香 味的人,象徵著他天生都沒有被愛的資本,暗示 了他一生只會悽苦。

囈君子 男主角以十三個少女的香氣製成了最完美 的香水,「他手中掌握的這種威力比金錢、恐 懼、或死亡更強大」。試想想,假如你能令全 天下人都瘋狂地愛著你,你可以成為是世上最 成功、最強大的統治者,令眾人忘我地討好 你,為你奉獻一切。幾滴香水的迷惑已經使原 本咆哮著要看男主角受酷刑死去的憤怒民眾改 變,要放他自由。但,又如何?擁有「至美」 又如何? Jean-Baptiste第一個殺掉的女孩是賣梅子 的紅髮少女。少女的香氣強烈得他能夠在硝煙 之中找到她。他錯手殺掉她,但他忘不了那令 人如痴如狂的香味,因此他窮一生希望把紅髮 少女的香味再現,偏執的他終也為此而走上歧 途。在刑台上看著眾人沉溺於愛的香味裡,他 只能冷冷地看著,他依然感覺不到愛,「它 (完美香水)終究無法使他如常人一般愛與被 愛」。他才醒覺過來,紅髮少女的香味之所以 令他如斯著迷,是因為他一直深愛著她,他要 的不是她的香氣,而是她的愛。Jean-Baptiste 幻想自己與她墮入愛河中,但她屍體的殘影揮 之不去。他默默地落下一滴淚,一滴為愛而流 下的淚珠。擁有「至美」又如何?唯有她。 俗話說:「沒吃過豬肉,也看過豬走路。」 但我不確定這話是否適用於情感世界?如果一 個人不曾擁有親情、友情和愛情,一直只是默 默地旁觀,旁觀別人的愛是怎麼模樣,他會懂 得如何去愛、去珍惜嗎?Jean-Baptiste是如此 的一位悲劇人物。

演員介紹 ── Benjamin John Whishaw 《香水》男主角。英國演員。成名作是舞台劇《王子復仇記》,也曾飾演《007:Skyfall》的Q和 《雲圖》中的天才作曲家。在《香》中,Jean-Baptiste 不諳世事,性情深沉且內斂,寡言。Ben用表情、肢體動作, 以及呼吸聲精彩地演繹了 Jean-Baptiste這個角色。 我承認,起初我只是膚 淺地想要看師哥,但及 後他的演技的吸引力 超越了他的外貌。

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