Silence Becomes You Reviews
Now the premise is simple but interesting: Two overly sheltered, beautiful enchantresses (Violet and Grace) plot to seduce a lonely traveler who turns out to be a thief of both hearts and mental stability.
Now for a little more in depth analysis, and slight spoilers, read on....
Stories that inspired the idea for the film:
The Little Mermaid (The H.C.Anderson version, not Disney)- note the mermaid moments, the two timing with a brunette and betrayal, the knife.
The Odyssey by Homer- see Sirens (explained further down), lone traveler, the paintings, greek/roman mythology references
The Rober Bridegroom (Brothers Grimm)- male lead character is a thief, hidden and mysterious rooms with dark secrets, scary older men, women pretending and playing roles
Basically, these two girls are of Siren heritage, or have grown up in an isolated environment with only Siren motifs surrounding them, and the memories of their past haunting their every waking moment. They are capable of telepathy, are literally haunted by trauma and poltergeists (negative energy taking form), and suffering from mild schizophrenia (at least one of them). They have to live in a human world, the modern one, where Greek heroes are long since gone, and society has no real place for mythological beings to survive.
In the film, every time Violet or Grace seduce, you hear sea sounds (sounds like whales). Grace and Violet are inspired by the (Greek myth) Amazons in their use of men: seduce, gain a child, toss away the man. But much of the enigma of the film lies in just how much their dad messed them up.
Violet is the more timid of the two, forever in a childhood state because of her trauma. It is mentioned that Violet dreams of being normal, and desires a fairy tale romance, in order to leave the island of solitude that is their home. Grace is the older of the two, and tiptoes the line between genius and insanity. Grace is only financially set, she has little desire to explore the outside world and needs to control everything and everyone.
They are either born to a mermaid mother who abandoned them, or have just developed into sort of witches/enchantresses with poor mental and emotional stability. Logan is their failed anti-hero, the one they rely on to spice up their life, to ignite their passions. He flames all-right.
"In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous and beautiful creatures, portrayed as femme fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island.Their number is variously reported as two. The Sirens might be called the Muses of the lower world. Their song is sad and sweet and turns the listener's body and soul fatally lethargic. Sirens combine women and birds in various ways. Later Sirens were sometimes depicted as beautiful women, whose bodies, not only their voices, are seductive.
Violet and Grace are often depicted throughout the film with birds, fish, mermaids, myth, (In one notable scene, the father hurts the younger Violet by crushing a bird, because she can't play her flute/music with real feeling. Tone death is not a siren trait as far as he is concerned). They create an island (a deadly one to lull and wither away on) for homeless, sexy travelers. Let's just say the eye candy and pretty shots become the big deal of the film, while what could have been a great idea ends up being a point missed entirely due to poor transference of the mythology behind the idea of this story.
That is the film in a nutshell.
You wrote this on 8/28/08.
"How would you tame a horse?"
"Break its spirit."
"And how do you tame a woman?"
"Break her heart."