February 27, 2013
An evocative and beautifully shot period drama set in colonial Cameroon. The lethargic pacing and drawn out scenes make it a bit of a slog to sit through but there's no denying it's quiet power and that it has important points to make. Claire Denis went on to make the much better, similarly themed White Material.
March 24, 2008
Wonderful movie - a bit slow in places. Great storyline. Enjoy the subtle undercurrent of passion between the main two characters; a forbidden love that should have been.
March 7, 2011
What the hell was this? Seriously!? This was one of the most boring films I've seen in my life. It centers around an INCREDIBLY nuanced and understated "will they? won't they?" romantic crush that explores class difference. It really leads to nothing. I only know those plot details because of my class's discussion on the film. You could watch this movie 3 times and still have no idea what it's about. Seriously, this is dry filmmaking that can only be appreciated by patient viewers.
December 14, 2009
A very beautiful film with great cinematography, editing, mise-en-scene...but the slow pace and lack of real narrative development can be a bit stifling.
September 12, 2007
Almost the entire movie is told in flashback to some undefined colonial time in the deserts of Cameroon. Our Heroine, France, was a child then; her father was a regional governor. At a guess, it was the 1960s, just before independence. But we are not left to know.
Marc, France's father, really loves his job and strives to do his best. He does not see the natives as his equals, but I don't think he sees them as inferior as others do, either. At any rate, he goes about his job with determination and kindness, even though it means leaving his wife and child alone (in a houseful of servants) on a regular basis. He treats the locals with respect, of a sort, and does not impose much on them.
No new ground is really broken here. We are not exploring the politics of the time. We are not really exploring the details of these people's lives; our view is pretty superficial. But we do examine one brief glimpse of time--during Ramadan, it is mentioned a few times. We see young France and her deep affection for some of the servants; she bonds more with them than with the colonial visitors who put in varied appearances over the course of the film.
It's beautifully shot. The filmwork itself is well done, even if the story isn't the best I've seen. (Or even, let's be honest, the best I've seen of movies called [i]Chocolat[/i].) I don't even feel we get an adequate explanation of the title. But the actress who plays young France is pretty good, for an actress of her age, and most of the rest of the cast is even better.
I feel we may have one too many bits of people's lives in this story; there's a hint of locals' wishes to overthrow the colonial rule that doesn't go anywhere, and I'm also not sure we need the bit at the end with the story of the man who is giving adult France a ride. But it's a simple, almost soothing story, and it's worth watching if you happen to encounter it.
April 6, 2006
favorite part: the whole "point to a facial part and then i'll tell you the name in my weird language and make you giggle" thing. i liked it.
it took me a good hour to figure out that france was the younger girl.
sex, sex, sex, and more sex. yeah.
May 14, 2005
[color=black][b][font=Arial]- What color pants are you wearing? White[/font][/b][/color]
2- What are you listening to right now? dana Rayne - Object of my desire
3 - Soup or salad? Soup
4 - What was the last thing you ate? Scappie and Chips
5 -If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Blue[/font][/b]
[color=black]6- Weather right now? Cold and Dark
7 - Last person that you talked to on the phone? Simon
8 - Do you like the person who sent you this? Emmm no one sent me this... I just like to do them...
10 - Favorite drink? WKD Blue
11- Favorite alcoholic drink? WKD Blue
12 -Who is cool, cute, sweet...etc? Erno
13 - Hair color? Black / Roots blondesh
[/color][/b][/font][color=black][font=Arial][b]15 - Do you wear contacts? No
16 - Siblings, their grade(s) and their age(s)? Michelle 32 Work, Stacy 14, David Richard 17, Kenneth 21, Danny 17, Lucas 7, josphe 5,
17 - Favorite food? Tuna
18 - Last movie you watched? Chocolat
19 - Favorite day of the year? 7th December
20 - Are you too shy to ask someone out? Yes and No
[/b][/font][font=Arial][b]21 - Summer or winter? Winter[/b][/font]
[color=black]22 - Relationships or one-night stands? Relationships
23 - Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla
[/color][/b][/font][font=Arial][color=black][b]24 - Do you want your friends to write back? Yes
25 - Who is the most likely to write back? Vienna, Emily, Aziz
[/b][/color][/font][color=black][b][font=Arial]26 - Least Likely? Erno, Simon, Antoney (mostly boys)
29 - What's on your mouse pad? At home With you PC
31 - What did you do last night? Stuff
32 - least favorite smell? Onions
33 - Can you touch your nose with your tongue? No[/font][/b]
[color=black]34 - What/who inspires you? People living with disbilatys... and are still happy
35 - Buttered, Plain, or salted popcorn? Buttered
36 - Favorite car? Mich 4life
37 - Favorite Flower? Black or Blue Roses
38 - How many keys on your key ring? emm 1
39 - Can you juggle? With 2
42 - Pepsi or coke? Pepsi
43- Coffee? Yes
44- Favorite perfume? Hugo Red
45. Your favorite Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/birthday present? My daughter necklace
April 30, 2005
Well performed and written, with a subtle direction and nice touch. Yet, the film as a whole is rather bland, and never becomes anything more than a plain portrait of life in this African town.
October 13, 2004
[color=white]I just did my geography test and it got to the 300 word reponse - we had 60 mins and I had answered everything else really well so I had like no time left to do. But anyway [/color][color=white]I dunno if anyone has read this on the JD forum but I'm gonna post it again for all to read. ENJOY!![/color]
[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white][b]Nicknames:[/b] Mezza,
[b]Current residence:[/b] Australia
[b]Hair colour:[/b] Golden Blonde
[b]Eye colour:[/b] Blue, grey
[b]Do you bite your nails:[/b] no
[b]Can you roll your tongue: [/b][b]yeah[/b]
[b]Can you cross your eyes?:[/b] yes
[b]Can you tie a cherry stem in a knot with your tongue?:[/b] Never tried, but doubt it
[b]Unwrap Starbursts with your tongue?:[/b] Never tried
[b]Tattoos and where:[/b] Nup
[b]Piercing and where:[/b] Ears
[b]Do you make your bed daily:[/b] No
[b]Which shoe goes on first:[/b] right, I think
[b]Speaking of shoes, have you thrown one at someone:[/b] I think so[/color][/size][/font]
[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white][b]How much money is usually in your wallet:[/b] Nothing
[b]What jewellery do you wear 24/7:[/b] ring, earrings, watch
[b]What?s sexiest on a guy:[/b] A cheeky smile and friendly eyes
[b]What?s sexiest on a girl:[/b] Long hair, tan
[b]Would you rather be on time and look ok or late and look great:[/b] On time[/color][/size][/font]
[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white][b]Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it:[/b] Twirl
[b]How many cereals are in your cabinet:[/b] none[/color][/size][/font]
[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white][b]What utensils do you use eating pizza:[/b] fingers
[b]Do you cook:[/b] Yeah
[b]Do you shower/bathe:[/b] Shower
[b]How long do these showers last:[/b] probably 20 mins
[b]Hair drying method:[/b] leave it
[b]Do you swear:[/b] not much[/color][/size][/font]
[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white][b]Do you mumble to yourself:[/b] a lot
[b]Do you spit in public:[/b] Ewww?no
[b]In the CD player:[/b] Kelly Clarkson and Robbie Williams.
[b]A person you talk most on the phone with:[/b] Barinya, Hope, Emma,
[b]What colour is your bedroom:[/b] Blue, I think, it?s covered in posters
[b]Do you use an alarm clock:[/b] No way
[b]Name four things or people you're obsessed with:[/b] Johnny Depp, Internet, Music, not doing homework[/color][/size][/font]
[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white][b]Have you ever skinny dipped with the opposite sex:[/b] No
[b]Ever sunbathed in the nude:[/b] No
[b]Window seat or aisle:[/b] Window
[b]What kind of bed do you like:[/b] Double
[b]Do you snore:[/b] Don?t think so
[b]Do you sleepwalk:[/b] No
[b]Do you talk in your sleep:[/b] Once
[b]How about the light on:[/b] Off
[b]Do you fall asleep with the TV or radio:[/b] no, mum does
[/color][/size][/font][size=3][color=white][font=Times New Roman][b]Last time you?
walked off a cliff:[/b] Stupid question - No
[b]watched Bambi:[/b] when I was a little one
[b]cried:[/b] the other night ? got depressed [/font][font=Wingdings][font=Wingdings]L[/font][/font]
[/color][/size][font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white][b]talked on the phone:[/b] Yesterday night
[b]read a book:[/b] Quite a lot Usually 3 at a time.
[b]punched someone:[/b] um?
[b]Where do you see yourself ten years from now:[/b] What is it with that question!!!!
[b]Who are you gonna to be married to and where:[/b] Johnny Depp in California
[b]How many kids do you want to have:[/b] one[/color][/size][/font]
[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white][b]Your profession:[/b] Student
[b]Future school:[/b] have no idea
[b]Is music important to you:[/b] uh huh
[b]Do you sing:[/b] in the shower
[b]What instruments do you play:[/b] my CD player
[b]In your opinion what band is the best of all time:[/b] Bon Jovi, U2, [/color][/size][/font]
[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white][b]pop music:[/b] cool
[b]rock music:[/b] all right
[b]punk music:[/b] sux
[b]rap music:[/b] ewwww
[b]country:[/b] all right
[b]jazz:[/b] pretty good, it wears on you when dad listens to it 24/7
[b]classical:[/b] no way
[b]new age:[/b] not really
[b]hardcore:[/b] NO WAY
[b]indie rock:[/b] Huh??
[b]What do you notice first?:[/b] Height
[b]Do you have a crush on anyone?:[/b] A lot
[b]Easiest to talk to:[/b] My besties
[/color][/size][/font][font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white][b]Last person you?
[b]You instant messaged:[/b] don?t have a mobile to message and school doesn?t allow IM?ing[/color][/size][/font]
[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white][b]You laughed with:[/b] Barinya and Jacqui
[b]Could you live without the computer?:[/b] NO WAY!!
[b]What?s your favorite fruit:[/b] crunchy apple, nectarines, peaches, oranges, pineapple etc?
[b]What hurts the most?[/b] Injections and probably breaking something ? never tried
[b]Trust others way too easily?[/b] Yeah I guess
[/color][/size][/font][font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white][b]Number?
Of times you have had your heart broken?:[/b] never
[b]Of hearts you have broken?:[/b] none
[b]Of CD's owned?:[/b] 30 something
[b]Of scars on my body?:[/b] too many to count, nose, lip, knees, arms?[/color][/size][/font]
[size=3][color=white][font=Times New Roman][b]Of things in my past that I regret?:[/b] A lot
[b]I know:[/b] enough
[b]I want:[/b] To be healthy and happy for the rest of my life
[b]I have:[/b] good friends, entire family, pet
[b]I wish:[/b] that I was more confident and my nose was smaller
[b]I hate:[/b] people who backstab, and backchat!
[b]I miss:[/b] my friends in NZ sometimes
[b]I fear: [/b][b]cockroaches *shudders*[/b]
[b]I love: [/b]the internet
[b]I care:[/b] about a lot of stuff
[b]I always:[/b] am happy
[b]I cry:[/b] not much
[b]I do not always:[/b] do homework and study
[b]I confuse:[/b] mum, it?s fun!! [/font][font=Wingdings][font=Wingdings]J[/font][/font]
[/color][font=Times New Roman][color=white][b]I can usually be found: [/b]At home or on the net
[b]Have you ever played a game that required removal of clothing:[/b] no
[b]Druggie:[/b] No way
[b]Gang member:[/b] no
[b]Daydreamer:[/b] Look at my journal title
[b]Brat:[/b] to my sister
[b]Sarcastic:[/b] uh huh
[b]Goody-goody:[/b] at times
[b]Angel:[/b] In disguise
[b]Devil:[/b] once and a while
[b]Friend:[/b] Very loyal
[b]Talkative:[/b] hell yeah!!
[b]Intelligent:[/b] When I have to be
[b]Wish you saw more often:[/b] my crush before he left school
[b]Laugh the most with:[/b] friends, family
[b]Wish you knew better:[/b] some people
[b]Knows you best:[/b] Mum and dad and me friends
[b]Best to hang out with when stressed:[/b] me and the cat or music
[b]Your best feature [personality]:[/b] positive all the time
[b]Your biggest flaw [personality]:[/b] Stubbornness
[b]Most annoying thing you do:[/b] dunno
[b]Biggest mistake you've made this far:[/b] quite a few[/color][/font][/size]
[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=white][b]Describe your personality in one word:[/b] everything!! LOL
[b]The physical feature for which you are most often complimented:[/b] My hair
[b]A smell that makes you smile:[/b] a type of Johnny smell that I imagine
[b]A city you'd like to visit:[/b] California
[b]A book you highly recommend:[/b] PS: I Love You ? Cecilia Ahern
[b]A film you could watch over and over:[/b] Tons, Chocolat, PotC, Bring it on, Princess Diaries and Cinderella Story[/color][/font][/size]