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    Reader comments on Chaos

    Subject: Re: The Beauty of Chaos
    Date: Aug 20, 2003
    Sender: rreedPrevious | Next

    thanks for your insightful commentary. I read a review that didn't think much of it, but I went anyway for the wrong reasons: it was near my house, I wanted to brush up on my French (there was a mistake in the subtitles) and alas the advertisement was sexy (yes I'm male).

    I was pleasantly surprised. I like the film because it makes you reflect about our society and how the sexes are conditioned. It makes you think. I love the irony of the mother-in-law snubbed by her son and only moments later the mother snubbed by her own son. The son too occupied to respond to the father, the father too preoccupied to connect neither with his son, his wife nor his own mother.

    Because the film had so poignantly portrayed the violence and abuse prostitutes are subject to, by the film finally got to the "sexy ladies" you see them with different more sober eyes--victims of our violent culture.

    Ok, the ending was a bit contrived but why can't we for once let's indulge in a woman's fantasy? The very bad men get killed, the chauvanists get a wake call and men who went to see the movie for the wrong reasons find it provocative.

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    Response to this comment:
    The Beauty of Chaos

    The rich interiors of a Parisian couple's home and car are a counterpoint to their sterile, frantic, passionless urban lives. They are on the run, not unlike the prostitute that runs into their sedan. And when a messy part of exterior life literally hits their windshield, they lock their doors and speed away to a car wash. Their lives need intensive care, feeding tubes, and recessitation. The distaff (and staff) member of this couple -- the female -- intuitively gravitates to the ICU where the prostitute is sent, and there the wife begins her resurrection. She attempts to revive the patient with patience, not a muscle she was conscious of possessing. And with use and caring, like the flailing limbs of the young girl, these muscles strengthen and move her forward.
    Catherine Frot's western life, spilling over with important dinners, ubiquitous cell phones and alibis, was structured but emotionally chaotic and detached, not unlike her counterpart.

    Are we all that different? Serreau shows us what we already know, that women can be bought with money. Ah, but men can be had for less. Who is superior? Is it the one wearing the nicer suit or the one who can extend something more than a franc?

    Most refer to the revenge sought by women, ignoring the brutal, violence of the pursuers. Is it revenge or legal use of power to trap pimps?

    There are many delicious metaphorical turns of the screw. Malika learns how to launder money from the men but they never seem to master the more mundane task; they simply start looking dirtier and more frantic, like fish caught on a hook.

    The lower-class expat Muslims are also caught up in capitalizing on their assets; in this case, females to be sold off to high bidders. If anyone thinks this is over the top, they have not seen this part of the world.

    This is a humanistic film, not a feminist flick. See it and look at your own life. We are all very similar.






    Comment index:

  • The Beauty of Chaos   from ms, Feb 2, 2003
  • » Re: The Beauty of Chaos «   from rreed, Aug 20, 2003
  • Re: The Beauty of Chaos   from Amanda, Apr 19, 2004
  • chaos in sydney   from daniel taylor, Apr 11, 2003
  • Chaos commentary   from Shira, Apr 18, 2003
  • Thank You Thank You Thank You   from Theresa, May 9, 2003
  • [no subject]   from anna georgieva, Jul 10, 2004
  • grrreat film   from Alicia, Dec 1, 2004
  • CHAOS   from jimv reiss, Dec 12, 2004
  • the message from chaos   from Sheena, Feb 20, 2005
  • FABULOUS movie!!   from Sunn Yeo, Sep 15, 2010
  • The Beauty of Chaos   from ms, Feb 2, 2003
  • » Re: The Beauty of Chaos «   from rreed, Aug 20, 2003
  • Re: The Beauty of Chaos   from Amanda, Apr 19, 2004
  • chaos in sydney   from daniel taylor, Apr 11, 2003
  • Chaos commentary   from Shira, Apr 18, 2003
  • Thank You Thank You Thank You   from Theresa, May 9, 2003
  • [no subject]   from anna georgieva, Jul 10, 2004
  • grrreat film   from Alicia, Dec 1, 2004
  • CHAOS   from jimv reiss, Dec 12, 2004
  • the message from chaos   from Sheena, Feb 20, 2005
  • FABULOUS movie!!   from Sunn Yeo, Sep 15, 2010