dangermousie: (SEI: John and Vidya)
OMG.

I just found that my most favorite song in the whole world is on youtube. I've heard it since I was little.

Here is Une vie d'Amour, performed by Charles Aznavour & Mireille Mathieu. This is about the most perfect performance of it ever, too.



I also found a Russian version on youtube )
dangermousie: (SEI: John and Vidya)
OMG.

I just found that my most favorite song in the whole world is on youtube. I've heard it since I was little.

Here is Une vie d'Amour, performed by Charles Aznavour & Mireille Mathieu. This is about the most perfect performance of it ever, too.



I also found a Russian version on youtube )
dangermousie: (SEI: John and Vidya)
OMG.

I just found that my most favorite song in the whole world is on youtube. I've heard it since I was little.

Here is Une vie d'Amour, performed by Charles Aznavour & Mireille Mathieu. This is about the most perfect performance of it ever, too.



I also found a Russian version on youtube )
dangermousie: (Default)
In the latest Veronica Mars fic round-up, I have three fics to recommend: Shuffle (Greatest Hits of 1966), an excellent and unusual post 2.22 story (if you are interested in ships, it's L/V), and The thing about Logan, a wondeful L/V fic that makes me so happy. There is also Bad Boys Break Fast, which is a delightful take on Logan cooking breakfast in 2.22.

Oh, and this morning? Chosen short shot of angst to get me going for the day? An ep from Season 1 of One Tree Hill, the horrid cheesefest that I can't help but be addicted to. CMM annoys the heck out of me, and I think Peyton and Brooke should be tied together and thrown off a boat, but I love me some Nathan/Haley (see Previous picspam and post on them). The show itself might be an evening version of daytime soap (OTH does not even try to transcend the teen genre or stand out the way Buffy or VM or Roswell), but the Nathan/Haley thing is what keeps me watching: they do have genuine chemistry and are awfully sweet together (I haven't seen most of S2, apparently the ship gets really messed with. Netflix is to the rescue, so we shall see). It starts out as a general cliche of a jerky rich jock and a grounded Miss Study but becomes a lot more fun (though no less cliche) as Nathan recieves enough angst for a small elephant and the whole thing is adorable. So I watched the bit where he comes into her roof after almost keeling over and tells her how much she means to him blah blah. Cheese, I love you.

I am reading Tanith Lee's The Gods are Thirsty, a novel about Camille Desmoulins and it's excellent. It has this unique, poetic writing style I love. She switches narrative persons with each chapter yet somehow it works. This has nothing in common with The Silver Metal Lover, the other book of hers I read except for the style. I think I am going to read much much more of her, now. [livejournal.com profile] aliterati, not much on Robespierre so far (Camille does mention something about following him to Hell. I think he means moral Hell as otherwise his chornology doesn't work), but you'd love the bit where he mentioned that Robespierre loved roses, and so Saint-Just used to bring them to him by the armful, "like a young bride."

Because it should be recced, [livejournal.com profile] mimesh, did a humongous Hayden Christensen picspam. Go here.

And I've finished Creezy. It's not bad but it's flawed. Creezy thoughts )

Next movie on the list to watch is Musa: The Warrior, a Korean period action film. I am not sure what it's about but it looks beautiful and stars Zhang Ziyi.

A multitude of Musa pics )

And more Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna stills came out KANK goodness behind cut )

ETA: More KANK pics KANK yourself out )
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In the latest Veronica Mars fic round-up, I have three fics to recommend: Shuffle (Greatest Hits of 1966), an excellent and unusual post 2.22 story (if you are interested in ships, it's L/V), and The thing about Logan, a wondeful L/V fic that makes me so happy. There is also Bad Boys Break Fast, which is a delightful take on Logan cooking breakfast in 2.22.

Oh, and this morning? Chosen short shot of angst to get me going for the day? An ep from Season 1 of One Tree Hill, the horrid cheesefest that I can't help but be addicted to. CMM annoys the heck out of me, and I think Peyton and Brooke should be tied together and thrown off a boat, but I love me some Nathan/Haley (see Previous picspam and post on them). The show itself might be an evening version of daytime soap (OTH does not even try to transcend the teen genre or stand out the way Buffy or VM or Roswell), but the Nathan/Haley thing is what keeps me watching: they do have genuine chemistry and are awfully sweet together (I haven't seen most of S2, apparently the ship gets really messed with. Netflix is to the rescue, so we shall see). It starts out as a general cliche of a jerky rich jock and a grounded Miss Study but becomes a lot more fun (though no less cliche) as Nathan recieves enough angst for a small elephant and the whole thing is adorable. So I watched the bit where he comes into her roof after almost keeling over and tells her how much she means to him blah blah. Cheese, I love you.

I am reading Tanith Lee's The Gods are Thirsty, a novel about Camille Desmoulins and it's excellent. It has this unique, poetic writing style I love. She switches narrative persons with each chapter yet somehow it works. This has nothing in common with The Silver Metal Lover, the other book of hers I read except for the style. I think I am going to read much much more of her, now. [livejournal.com profile] aliterati, not much on Robespierre so far (Camille does mention something about following him to Hell. I think he means moral Hell as otherwise his chornology doesn't work), but you'd love the bit where he mentioned that Robespierre loved roses, and so Saint-Just used to bring them to him by the armful, "like a young bride."

Because it should be recced, [livejournal.com profile] mimesh, did a humongous Hayden Christensen picspam. Go here.

And I've finished Creezy. It's not bad but it's flawed. Creezy thoughts )

Next movie on the list to watch is Musa: The Warrior, a Korean period action film. I am not sure what it's about but it looks beautiful and stars Zhang Ziyi.

A multitude of Musa pics )

And more Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna stills came out KANK goodness behind cut )

ETA: More KANK pics KANK yourself out )
dangermousie: (Default)
In the latest Veronica Mars fic round-up, I have three fics to recommend: Shuffle (Greatest Hits of 1966), an excellent and unusual post 2.22 story (if you are interested in ships, it's L/V), and The thing about Logan, a wondeful L/V fic that makes me so happy. There is also Bad Boys Break Fast, which is a delightful take on Logan cooking breakfast in 2.22.

Oh, and this morning? Chosen short shot of angst to get me going for the day? An ep from Season 1 of One Tree Hill, the horrid cheesefest that I can't help but be addicted to. CMM annoys the heck out of me, and I think Peyton and Brooke should be tied together and thrown off a boat, but I love me some Nathan/Haley (see Previous picspam and post on them). The show itself might be an evening version of daytime soap (OTH does not even try to transcend the teen genre or stand out the way Buffy or VM or Roswell), but the Nathan/Haley thing is what keeps me watching: they do have genuine chemistry and are awfully sweet together (I haven't seen most of S2, apparently the ship gets really messed with. Netflix is to the rescue, so we shall see). It starts out as a general cliche of a jerky rich jock and a grounded Miss Study but becomes a lot more fun (though no less cliche) as Nathan recieves enough angst for a small elephant and the whole thing is adorable. So I watched the bit where he comes into her roof after almost keeling over and tells her how much she means to him blah blah. Cheese, I love you.

I am reading Tanith Lee's The Gods are Thirsty, a novel about Camille Desmoulins and it's excellent. It has this unique, poetic writing style I love. She switches narrative persons with each chapter yet somehow it works. This has nothing in common with The Silver Metal Lover, the other book of hers I read except for the style. I think I am going to read much much more of her, now. [livejournal.com profile] aliterati, not much on Robespierre so far (Camille does mention something about following him to Hell. I think he means moral Hell as otherwise his chornology doesn't work), but you'd love the bit where he mentioned that Robespierre loved roses, and so Saint-Just used to bring them to him by the armful, "like a young bride."

Because it should be recced, [livejournal.com profile] mimesh, did a humongous Hayden Christensen picspam. Go here.

And I've finished Creezy. It's not bad but it's flawed. Creezy thoughts )

Next movie on the list to watch is Musa: The Warrior, a Korean period action film. I am not sure what it's about but it looks beautiful and stars Zhang Ziyi.

A multitude of Musa pics )

And more Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna stills came out KANK goodness behind cut )

ETA: More KANK pics KANK yourself out )
dangermousie: (Default)
I am watching Hameshaa, the Bolly movie about reincarnated lovers that proves that bad hair, like love, lasts forever. Hamesha thoughts )

On the other end of the spectrum, there is Creezy, a seventies movie with the icy and gorgeous Alain Delon. It's the very opposite of Hameshaa. It's small and feels painstakingly and cooly real. It basically is a day in the life of a politician intercut with his memories of affair with a gorgeous model. It's quite romantic and I can't wait to watch more. It also makes me wonder if there has ever been a good adaptation of Stendhal's The Red and the Black? Because young Delon would have made a great protagonist.

Also watched more Chobits Chobits and FY and GK thoughts )

In completely unrelated news (my brain jumps around like a magpie), the book rec for the week is something I have no idea how hard it is to find. It's Erve Bazen's And the flames consume (I have no idea what the name in English (or the original French) would be. I read it in Russian). It's a French novel and I read it in Russian translation, but I have no idea if an English translation exists. It's worth seeking out though. The novel deals with the immediate aftermath of the Pinochet coup. It actually is tightly focused on two people, Miguel and Maria who, if I ever was compiling a literary OTP list, would be very highly placed on it. The book is passionate: politically passionate (about what people do to each other and how it outrages one's conscience) and romantically passionate, as well. Ramblings about the novel )

And in other star-crossed romantics news, I was rewatching "Destiny," my fave ep of Roswell. I've forgotten how amazing Max/Liz were. Any good Dreamer fanfic recs? Please? [livejournal.com profile] keepaofthecheez, where is your stuff archived? And also, does anyone have caps of that scene of them hiding in the oveturned truck? For some reason what really gets me is the way she kisses his eyes, and the way her voice dies away on the word 'ended' when she says that his life ended when he saved her. And the way Max, half out of his head, utterly exhausted, fresh off the torture table, tells her that's when his life began and that what kept him alive during it all was the thought of her (and I love that he can't talk about what they did to him, it's too horrifying to him and he is indirect and he has to pause before he mentions it even in that fashion). If a man can say that to you after all that's happened, whoa. And in a way, being in such extremity, he has no control over his emotions much any more and you can feel love just pour off him. Max/Liz have never been more R&Jish than in that scene. Oh, and the bit where Max and Liz are surrounded and they are on the bridge and they look down at the water and you can tell they are terrified and they kiss each other and you can tell they think it might be their last, and then they jump, holding hands? OMG. My OTP. Musings on OTPs )

In related non-loverly news, I did see the finale of Doctor Who and forgot to post about it. Thoughts on Finale, OTPs and OT3s and David Tennant's coolness or lack thereof )

Continuing this crazy, directionless ramble, the next item on the agenda is gorgeous pictures from The Banquet, a Chinese movie coming out in late 2006. The Banquet has been described as a loose adaptation of "Hamlet"; it is a tale of fate and revenge set in 10th century China. A new Emperor has usurped the throne through murder. Zhang Ziyi plays the widowed Empress, who marries the new Emperor (Ge You) only to protect herself, but also secretly plots his death with the help of the Crown Prince (Daniel Wu) and the Chief Minister (Ma Jingwu). Yet the Prince and Minister each have their own plans for the throne, and, of course, so does the Emperor. All these intrigues are brought to a climax when the Emperor calls for a lavish banquet, where the murderous plans are set in motion.

Stills beneath the cut )

And because it seems I cannot end a post without a Hayden Christensen picspam, here is the next batch:



More Hayden )

OK, I am all out of Hayden. Who should I picspam next? As long as they are reasonably attractive and someone I'd heard of, bring on the suggestions!

And thus ends the really long post. No wonder it took me days.
dangermousie: (Default)
I am watching Hameshaa, the Bolly movie about reincarnated lovers that proves that bad hair, like love, lasts forever. Hamesha thoughts )

On the other end of the spectrum, there is Creezy, a seventies movie with the icy and gorgeous Alain Delon. It's the very opposite of Hameshaa. It's small and feels painstakingly and cooly real. It basically is a day in the life of a politician intercut with his memories of affair with a gorgeous model. It's quite romantic and I can't wait to watch more. It also makes me wonder if there has ever been a good adaptation of Stendhal's The Red and the Black? Because young Delon would have made a great protagonist.

Also watched more Chobits Chobits and FY and GK thoughts )

In completely unrelated news (my brain jumps around like a magpie), the book rec for the week is something I have no idea how hard it is to find. It's Erve Bazen's And the flames consume (I have no idea what the name in English (or the original French) would be. I read it in Russian). It's a French novel and I read it in Russian translation, but I have no idea if an English translation exists. It's worth seeking out though. The novel deals with the immediate aftermath of the Pinochet coup. It actually is tightly focused on two people, Miguel and Maria who, if I ever was compiling a literary OTP list, would be very highly placed on it. The book is passionate: politically passionate (about what people do to each other and how it outrages one's conscience) and romantically passionate, as well. Ramblings about the novel )

And in other star-crossed romantics news, I was rewatching "Destiny," my fave ep of Roswell. I've forgotten how amazing Max/Liz were. Any good Dreamer fanfic recs? Please? [livejournal.com profile] keepaofthecheez, where is your stuff archived? And also, does anyone have caps of that scene of them hiding in the oveturned truck? For some reason what really gets me is the way she kisses his eyes, and the way her voice dies away on the word 'ended' when she says that his life ended when he saved her. And the way Max, half out of his head, utterly exhausted, fresh off the torture table, tells her that's when his life began and that what kept him alive during it all was the thought of her (and I love that he can't talk about what they did to him, it's too horrifying to him and he is indirect and he has to pause before he mentions it even in that fashion). If a man can say that to you after all that's happened, whoa. And in a way, being in such extremity, he has no control over his emotions much any more and you can feel love just pour off him. Max/Liz have never been more R&Jish than in that scene. Oh, and the bit where Max and Liz are surrounded and they are on the bridge and they look down at the water and you can tell they are terrified and they kiss each other and you can tell they think it might be their last, and then they jump, holding hands? OMG. My OTP. Musings on OTPs )

In related non-loverly news, I did see the finale of Doctor Who and forgot to post about it. Thoughts on Finale, OTPs and OT3s and David Tennant's coolness or lack thereof )

Continuing this crazy, directionless ramble, the next item on the agenda is gorgeous pictures from The Banquet, a Chinese movie coming out in late 2006. The Banquet has been described as a loose adaptation of "Hamlet"; it is a tale of fate and revenge set in 10th century China. A new Emperor has usurped the throne through murder. Zhang Ziyi plays the widowed Empress, who marries the new Emperor (Ge You) only to protect herself, but also secretly plots his death with the help of the Crown Prince (Daniel Wu) and the Chief Minister (Ma Jingwu). Yet the Prince and Minister each have their own plans for the throne, and, of course, so does the Emperor. All these intrigues are brought to a climax when the Emperor calls for a lavish banquet, where the murderous plans are set in motion.

Stills beneath the cut )

And because it seems I cannot end a post without a Hayden Christensen picspam, here is the next batch:



More Hayden )

OK, I am all out of Hayden. Who should I picspam next? As long as they are reasonably attractive and someone I'd heard of, bring on the suggestions!

And thus ends the really long post. No wonder it took me days.
dangermousie: (Default)
I am watching Hameshaa, the Bolly movie about reincarnated lovers that proves that bad hair, like love, lasts forever. Hamesha thoughts )

On the other end of the spectrum, there is Creezy, a seventies movie with the icy and gorgeous Alain Delon. It's the very opposite of Hameshaa. It's small and feels painstakingly and cooly real. It basically is a day in the life of a politician intercut with his memories of affair with a gorgeous model. It's quite romantic and I can't wait to watch more. It also makes me wonder if there has ever been a good adaptation of Stendhal's The Red and the Black? Because young Delon would have made a great protagonist.

Also watched more Chobits Chobits and FY and GK thoughts )

In completely unrelated news (my brain jumps around like a magpie), the book rec for the week is something I have no idea how hard it is to find. It's Erve Bazen's And the flames consume (I have no idea what the name in English (or the original French) would be. I read it in Russian). It's a French novel and I read it in Russian translation, but I have no idea if an English translation exists. It's worth seeking out though. The novel deals with the immediate aftermath of the Pinochet coup. It actually is tightly focused on two people, Miguel and Maria who, if I ever was compiling a literary OTP list, would be very highly placed on it. The book is passionate: politically passionate (about what people do to each other and how it outrages one's conscience) and romantically passionate, as well. Ramblings about the novel )

And in other star-crossed romantics news, I was rewatching "Destiny," my fave ep of Roswell. I've forgotten how amazing Max/Liz were. Any good Dreamer fanfic recs? Please? [livejournal.com profile] keepaofthecheez, where is your stuff archived? And also, does anyone have caps of that scene of them hiding in the oveturned truck? For some reason what really gets me is the way she kisses his eyes, and the way her voice dies away on the word 'ended' when she says that his life ended when he saved her. And the way Max, half out of his head, utterly exhausted, fresh off the torture table, tells her that's when his life began and that what kept him alive during it all was the thought of her (and I love that he can't talk about what they did to him, it's too horrifying to him and he is indirect and he has to pause before he mentions it even in that fashion). If a man can say that to you after all that's happened, whoa. And in a way, being in such extremity, he has no control over his emotions much any more and you can feel love just pour off him. Max/Liz have never been more R&Jish than in that scene. Oh, and the bit where Max and Liz are surrounded and they are on the bridge and they look down at the water and you can tell they are terrified and they kiss each other and you can tell they think it might be their last, and then they jump, holding hands? OMG. My OTP. Musings on OTPs )

In related non-loverly news, I did see the finale of Doctor Who and forgot to post about it. Thoughts on Finale, OTPs and OT3s and David Tennant's coolness or lack thereof )

Continuing this crazy, directionless ramble, the next item on the agenda is gorgeous pictures from The Banquet, a Chinese movie coming out in late 2006. The Banquet has been described as a loose adaptation of "Hamlet"; it is a tale of fate and revenge set in 10th century China. A new Emperor has usurped the throne through murder. Zhang Ziyi plays the widowed Empress, who marries the new Emperor (Ge You) only to protect herself, but also secretly plots his death with the help of the Crown Prince (Daniel Wu) and the Chief Minister (Ma Jingwu). Yet the Prince and Minister each have their own plans for the throne, and, of course, so does the Emperor. All these intrigues are brought to a climax when the Emperor calls for a lavish banquet, where the murderous plans are set in motion.

Stills beneath the cut )

And because it seems I cannot end a post without a Hayden Christensen picspam, here is the next batch:



More Hayden )

OK, I am all out of Hayden. Who should I picspam next? As long as they are reasonably attractive and someone I'd heard of, bring on the suggestions!

And thus ends the really long post. No wonder it took me days.

Miscellany

Jan. 12th, 2006 06:38 pm
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Dark Horizons posted new pics from BSG ep 2.15 right here

Check out this picture (my fave) under the cut. I don't think it's spoilery but ymmv.

Picture )

In other news, I started watching (didn't finish as got home very late) the adorable HK movie Magic Kitchen with Sammi Cheng, Maggie Q and Andy Lau. It's a romantic comedy and I am in love. Yau is a chef who runs a restaurant using her Mother's recipies and hangs out with her two girl-friends, the flirty Kwai and the elegant May. There is also her ex (Andy Lau) the relationship with whom fell apart after every time they tried to have sex something disastrous happened. And there is Ho, her assistant, with whom she conducts and amiable war as he tries to push her to exercise her creativity in cooking and to get her to enter into an Iron Chef type contest. Oh, and he is cute and might like her. I think this movie is beyond adorable and can't wait to see more.

Also, some pictures from French movies I like

Pictures from movies )

Miscellany

Jan. 12th, 2006 06:38 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
Dark Horizons posted new pics from BSG ep 2.15 right here

Check out this picture (my fave) under the cut. I don't think it's spoilery but ymmv.

Picture )

In other news, I started watching (didn't finish as got home very late) the adorable HK movie Magic Kitchen with Sammi Cheng, Maggie Q and Andy Lau. It's a romantic comedy and I am in love. Yau is a chef who runs a restaurant using her Mother's recipies and hangs out with her two girl-friends, the flirty Kwai and the elegant May. There is also her ex (Andy Lau) the relationship with whom fell apart after every time they tried to have sex something disastrous happened. And there is Ho, her assistant, with whom she conducts and amiable war as he tries to push her to exercise her creativity in cooking and to get her to enter into an Iron Chef type contest. Oh, and he is cute and might like her. I think this movie is beyond adorable and can't wait to see more.

Also, some pictures from French movies I like

Pictures from movies )

Miscellany

Jan. 12th, 2006 06:38 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
Dark Horizons posted new pics from BSG ep 2.15 right here

Check out this picture (my fave) under the cut. I don't think it's spoilery but ymmv.

Picture )

In other news, I started watching (didn't finish as got home very late) the adorable HK movie Magic Kitchen with Sammi Cheng, Maggie Q and Andy Lau. It's a romantic comedy and I am in love. Yau is a chef who runs a restaurant using her Mother's recipies and hangs out with her two girl-friends, the flirty Kwai and the elegant May. There is also her ex (Andy Lau) the relationship with whom fell apart after every time they tried to have sex something disastrous happened. And there is Ho, her assistant, with whom she conducts and amiable war as he tries to push her to exercise her creativity in cooking and to get her to enter into an Iron Chef type contest. Oh, and he is cute and might like her. I think this movie is beyond adorable and can't wait to see more.

Also, some pictures from French movies I like

Pictures from movies )
dangermousie: (Default)
First off, Galactica tonight! How excited am I? Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much. It’s funny, but I am a lot more relaxed with BSG than VM because while VM can grab me and give me heights of glee, my emotional attachment and wishes sometimes make me anxious (e.g. I sometimes get “get L/V together now” or frustrated with why Duncan is portrayed as good or what not etc etc). With BSG, it’s an intellectual love so no matter what they do, as long as it’s not dumbed down, I am happy. Makes for a much more relaxing viewing experience.

Today’s recommended movie is Indochine, the winner of Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1992 (yes, I am on a French movie kick lately). If you like epics, period movies, angsty love stories, or a nuanced look at a complicated political situation, this is a movie for you.

The story centers around a rich French plantation owner in Indochina, during the French control of what is now Vietnam. Eliane (Catherine Deneuve, who received an Oscar nomination in the role) is a confident, intelligent, powerful woman. She has also adopted a Vietnamese girl who she named Camille (Linh Dan Pham). In fact, the movie’s story parallels the relationship between “parent” France and child “Vietnam” and the relationship between Eliane and Camille. Eliane enjoys the orientalism aspects of the East: she visits opium dens, she has discreet affairs with younger men. One such affair is with a young naval officer Jean-Baptiste (Vincent Perez, who IMO never looked more yummy). They are discreet. Very discreet. In fact, they are so discreet that it leads to a problem as Camille falls in love with Jean-Baptiste. On learning of it, Eliane uses her influence to have Jean-Baptiste posted far, far, FAR away in the middle of Vietnamese jungle. But Camille, who is both strong-willed and sheltered, runs away in order to find him. And so begins her trek across Vietnam and her exposure to the French rule of the region. Will she find him? What will happen when she does? And what will her new knowledge of the harsh regime do to her view of the French? This is only the first hour of a 3 hour movie by the way.

This is a movie with very strong women characters and I love that. Both Camille and Eliane are exceptional women and both are flawed. In fact, there is a bit of gender reversal in this movie as Jean-Baptiste (who is wound up extremely tightly in the beginning of the movie precisely because he is afraid of his strong emotions overwhelming him) is the most emotional and “domestic” of the three.

Camille and Jean-Baptiste:


This movie has one of my Top 10 romantic scenes ever, even though it’s really simple and short. Spoilers for the scene )

I also love the somewhat bitter yet hopeful ending. Spoilers for the ending )

Some pictures from the movie )
dangermousie: (Default)
First off, Galactica tonight! How excited am I? Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much. It’s funny, but I am a lot more relaxed with BSG than VM because while VM can grab me and give me heights of glee, my emotional attachment and wishes sometimes make me anxious (e.g. I sometimes get “get L/V together now” or frustrated with why Duncan is portrayed as good or what not etc etc). With BSG, it’s an intellectual love so no matter what they do, as long as it’s not dumbed down, I am happy. Makes for a much more relaxing viewing experience.

Today’s recommended movie is Indochine, the winner of Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1992 (yes, I am on a French movie kick lately). If you like epics, period movies, angsty love stories, or a nuanced look at a complicated political situation, this is a movie for you.

The story centers around a rich French plantation owner in Indochina, during the French control of what is now Vietnam. Eliane (Catherine Deneuve, who received an Oscar nomination in the role) is a confident, intelligent, powerful woman. She has also adopted a Vietnamese girl who she named Camille (Linh Dan Pham). In fact, the movie’s story parallels the relationship between “parent” France and child “Vietnam” and the relationship between Eliane and Camille. Eliane enjoys the orientalism aspects of the East: she visits opium dens, she has discreet affairs with younger men. One such affair is with a young naval officer Jean-Baptiste (Vincent Perez, who IMO never looked more yummy). They are discreet. Very discreet. In fact, they are so discreet that it leads to a problem as Camille falls in love with Jean-Baptiste. On learning of it, Eliane uses her influence to have Jean-Baptiste posted far, far, FAR away in the middle of Vietnamese jungle. But Camille, who is both strong-willed and sheltered, runs away in order to find him. And so begins her trek across Vietnam and her exposure to the French rule of the region. Will she find him? What will happen when she does? And what will her new knowledge of the harsh regime do to her view of the French? This is only the first hour of a 3 hour movie by the way.

This is a movie with very strong women characters and I love that. Both Camille and Eliane are exceptional women and both are flawed. In fact, there is a bit of gender reversal in this movie as Jean-Baptiste (who is wound up extremely tightly in the beginning of the movie precisely because he is afraid of his strong emotions overwhelming him) is the most emotional and “domestic” of the three.

Camille and Jean-Baptiste:


This movie has one of my Top 10 romantic scenes ever, even though it’s really simple and short. Spoilers for the scene )

I also love the somewhat bitter yet hopeful ending. Spoilers for the ending )

Some pictures from the movie )
dangermousie: (Default)
First off, Galactica tonight! How excited am I? Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much. It’s funny, but I am a lot more relaxed with BSG than VM because while VM can grab me and give me heights of glee, my emotional attachment and wishes sometimes make me anxious (e.g. I sometimes get “get L/V together now” or frustrated with why Duncan is portrayed as good or what not etc etc). With BSG, it’s an intellectual love so no matter what they do, as long as it’s not dumbed down, I am happy. Makes for a much more relaxing viewing experience.

Today’s recommended movie is Indochine, the winner of Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1992 (yes, I am on a French movie kick lately). If you like epics, period movies, angsty love stories, or a nuanced look at a complicated political situation, this is a movie for you.

The story centers around a rich French plantation owner in Indochina, during the French control of what is now Vietnam. Eliane (Catherine Deneuve, who received an Oscar nomination in the role) is a confident, intelligent, powerful woman. She has also adopted a Vietnamese girl who she named Camille (Linh Dan Pham). In fact, the movie’s story parallels the relationship between “parent” France and child “Vietnam” and the relationship between Eliane and Camille. Eliane enjoys the orientalism aspects of the East: she visits opium dens, she has discreet affairs with younger men. One such affair is with a young naval officer Jean-Baptiste (Vincent Perez, who IMO never looked more yummy). They are discreet. Very discreet. In fact, they are so discreet that it leads to a problem as Camille falls in love with Jean-Baptiste. On learning of it, Eliane uses her influence to have Jean-Baptiste posted far, far, FAR away in the middle of Vietnamese jungle. But Camille, who is both strong-willed and sheltered, runs away in order to find him. And so begins her trek across Vietnam and her exposure to the French rule of the region. Will she find him? What will happen when she does? And what will her new knowledge of the harsh regime do to her view of the French? This is only the first hour of a 3 hour movie by the way.

This is a movie with very strong women characters and I love that. Both Camille and Eliane are exceptional women and both are flawed. In fact, there is a bit of gender reversal in this movie as Jean-Baptiste (who is wound up extremely tightly in the beginning of the movie precisely because he is afraid of his strong emotions overwhelming him) is the most emotional and “domestic” of the three.

Camille and Jean-Baptiste:


This movie has one of my Top 10 romantic scenes ever, even though it’s really simple and short. Spoilers for the scene )

I also love the somewhat bitter yet hopeful ending. Spoilers for the ending )

Some pictures from the movie )
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This is a really random eye-candy post, but I was watching the Russian-dubbed DVD of a French, famous movie Fanfan Le Tulipe, made in the 1950s that I bought for my mother and that I remember watching as a kid, and I was struck just by how gorgeous Gerard Philipe was.

He was also a very famous and admired French actor, who died at 37 from liver cancer. Which is? Ouch.

Biography found at wikipedia right here.

And here is the pictorial proof of the hotness:



More eye candy behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Default)
This is a really random eye-candy post, but I was watching the Russian-dubbed DVD of a French, famous movie Fanfan Le Tulipe, made in the 1950s that I bought for my mother and that I remember watching as a kid, and I was struck just by how gorgeous Gerard Philipe was.

He was also a very famous and admired French actor, who died at 37 from liver cancer. Which is? Ouch.

Biography found at wikipedia right here.

And here is the pictorial proof of the hotness:



More eye candy behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Default)
This is a really random eye-candy post, but I was watching the Russian-dubbed DVD of a French, famous movie Fanfan Le Tulipe, made in the 1950s that I bought for my mother and that I remember watching as a kid, and I was struck just by how gorgeous Gerard Philipe was.

He was also a very famous and admired French actor, who died at 37 from liver cancer. Which is? Ouch.

Biography found at wikipedia right here.

And here is the pictorial proof of the hotness:



More eye candy behind the cut )

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