26 December 2012

Norwegian Wood

I recently saw Norwegian Wood. This has to be one of the best movies I've ever seen. The plot (which I won't give away too much of here) centers around how two college-aged kids come to terms with the unexpected suicide of a classmate (the girl's boyfriend and the boy's best friend). The events take place with the leftist political protests of the late 60s going on in the background. Most of the key characters have a clear existentialist directness about them. The sound track's both beautiful and haunting, and the film (which was made by Tran Anh Hung, the Vietnamese/French director who made The Scent of Green Papaya) visually makes heavy use of burning deep greens and melancholy blues. If cinemas would only show more films like this--I'd go to the cinema every weekend.

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