Limitless Cinema in Broken English

November 13, 2008

SEVEN REASONS WHY I WORSHIP “SEVEN DUMPSTERS AND A CORPSE”

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:53 pm

This is my comment in Bioscope webboard:
http://www.bioscopemagazine.com/smf/index.php?topic=1532.30

Time passes after the World Film Festival of Bangkok 2008, and I find that films that I have always been thinking about are LA RABIA and SEVEN DUMPSTERS AND A CORPSE (2007, Thomas Haemmerli, A+++++), because these two films seem to “UNDERSTAND ME” and give me great warmth in my heart every time I think of them. According to my personal feelings, I think of EAT, FOR THIS IS MY BODY and THE HEADLESS WOMAN as “GREAT WORKS OF ART”, but I think of LA RABIA and SEVEN DUMPSTERS AND A CORPSE as “GREAT FRIENDS OF MINE”, because these two films are like friends who truly understand me and make me feel that the world is not a lonely place.

SEVEN REASONS WHY I WORSHIP SEVEN DUMPSTERS AND A CORPSE

1.It gives me a great pleasure to see the director destroy all of his dead mother’s belongings. I think I rarely get this kind of great pleasure from other films. Are there any other films like this? Can you give me any suggestions?

2.I like the fact that this film pays attention to what most films overlook—the trouble with the decaying corpse and the belongings left behind by the deceased.

3.The director’s feeling of disgust towards his own mother after he found out that his mother had planned to sue him for not paying her enough money

4.The deep hatred between his mother and his father

5.The deep hatred between his mother and his grandmother, who accused her own daughter of stealing the man she loved

6.The director’s frank revelation of the racism in his own family. If I remember it correctly, his grandmother looked down on Kofi Annan who attended the wedding of the director’s parents.

This revelation of racism in the director’s own family reminds me of THE LONG DAY CLOSES (1992, Terence Davies, A+). I think there’s an interesting documentary which deals with this issue, but I haven’t seen it yet. It’s called TRACES OF THE TRADE: A STORY FROM THE DEEP NORTH (2008, Katrina Browne)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1157728/

7. I like the traces on the floor which show that the corpse of the director’s mother used to be there. It seems to make me understand WHAT LIFE IS.

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1 Comment »

  1. I think there’s an interesting documentary which deals with this issue

    It does. Traces of the Trade explores how the director’s family were the leading slave-traders in U.S. history, and what that means today.

    Comment by James — November 13, 2008 @ 11:51 pm


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