Archive for January, 2011

The Last Days of Emma Blank (Film)

Rate: 3 of 5
Genre: Sexual content, drama and partly slice of a life
Source: Dutch

Plot: Emma Blank, a house owner, awaited her death and would leave her inheritance to her household staffs as she had no family. Haneveld, a head housekeeper, had a motive of serving her for gaining the inheritance. Attempting to curry a favour with Emma Blank, he forced other staffs to serve her very well without a sincerity. His daughter, Gonnie, never felt happy under the same roof as a maid. She faced more difficulties of having Meier who was deeply in love with, harsh speeches from her own father, higher expectation from the master, less privacy.

In the middle of the film, Emma Blank announced that she had no asset to pass down to the disrespectful servants. All of the staffs gave up of serving their master and started to live on their own without the command from the master. They ignored the moan from her, leaving her lying on the ground. She was really dying.

In the viewpoint of Gonnie, she never wanted to do what they had done. She decided to move out of the household without saying a farewell to them.

Review: Gonnie is a main character in the film. It is kinda a slice of life. I think the fim tried to show how a teenage lives under the harsh condition of a large country house in countryside.

“Lingua Franca” is a new lesson for me to learn.

As I read a borrowed magazine calling “English Today” dated on June 2008, I have learnt more about Lingua Franca. Lingua Franca is a human language that allow everyone from around the world to communicate each other in regardless of their ethic. It is known as a working language or bridge language. Hence, English Language is considered as an international language. 

According to the article of English as the official working language in ASEAN, there is a debate much about the usage of English language in among the Asian people. Those days, some native-speaking countries prefer to use their own mother tongue to communicate with other representatives at the assemble as they had become freshly members of the union. Much later, they gradually accepted to speak English Language.

Having a good dinner, I noticed that my hearing friends were speaking in the mixture of languages. Curiously, I asked them if they used Singlish or broken English. (Singish is the mixture of English language and major native languages. Broken English is that some English errors in speaking or writing.) They answered that they used mixtures! Not fully English Language.

The White Ribbon (Film)

Rate: 2.5 of 5
Genre: Classic, Religion, politic and moral value (fictional)

Story:  Memories of a village schoolteacher in Eichwald, German was narrated in the film. (It should be fictional but more likely that the person wrote this from his experiences and perspectives)

In the beginning of the film, a doctor, widower, had a fall from an accident of tripping over the unseen wire between trees while he was riding. Causing the news to spread over the village, an investigator questioned some villagers living nearby and studied on the wiring mark on the same trees. There was no answer of who caused hurt to the doctor. The unanswered questions in the village became less concern.

Next victim was the wife of the farmer. She died of falling from the second floor of the sawmill and caused her family grief. One member of the decease’s family took a revenge by damaging gardening of the baron who was a host on Harvesting day.

It became more mysterious in the troubled town. Who did start it? What happened the next?

Review:  I am a fan of “The PictureHouse” at Cathey that are for international fesitival films. “The White Ribbon” is the idea from the pastor’s family’s practice of tieing the children to remind what a mistake was purified