Sunday, February 22, 2004

late marriage

even though this simple film is about a conservative Georgian family in Israel pooling efforts to arrange a son's late (he's 31) marriage, I am sure what everyone who has seen it will remember most is the frank sex scene between the lad and a divorcee he is having an affair with. The scene plays slowly, and can get quite uncomfortable. But that seems to be the point. Every other intimate scene of this kind in movies exploits simulated visuals and sounds and end up being cop-outs, adding little to the narrative, and generally being replaceable by a mere suggestion. The film itself is not too bad. The controversy must have helped its market, though. The only film I can think which had an interesting scene of this kind was David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, and that one played itself for a subtle joke.

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