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    Reader comments on Chaos

    Subject: Re: The Beauty of Chaos
    Date: Apr 19, 2004
    Sender: AmandaPrevious | Next

    How can you say this is not a feminist film? There were NO men portrayed in any sort of positive light in this movie, and that is completely untrue to human life. There are just as many nasty, incompetant, self-centered, female jerks in this world as male jerks.

    You may understand use of diction for effect, but you apparently haven't grasped the concept of exaggeration for effect. The film obviously needed to exaggerate the awfulness of men in order to give more satisfaction and empowerment to the women in the end. I'm sure Malika didn't want any help from men, which added to the logical aspect of the plot, considering her character was the one who instigated each event after she wakes up, but isn't that a little bit feministic in itself?

    Heh, you know what? Calling this film humanistic is just a little bit feministic too.

    Actually, I'm having a hard time even calling your attitude feministic. Whilst every other person would admit that the movie was exaggerated, you seem to think it's completely in perspective. Feminism is defined as: Belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes. Once you start saying that women are superior, even if it is just because we can give more than a mere franc, it goes against the beliefs of normal feminism. You, however, are running full speed ahead into the extremes of feminism.

    Either way, this film is obviously feministic, and even though it was, I enjoyed it. I thought it was an awesome, and yes, even empowering break from the Lets-Find-a-Husband films. And thanks to the exaggeration, it offered a completely satisfying and very happy ending to a dark, dark film.

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    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