Totally! The college where I teach is loaded with a number of international students, most of whom are from Asian countries (Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan) and some from Eastern Europe, Middle East and so on. That's why I was surprised that they weren't more open to debate. It could be a cultural thing, because they might not feel it's appropriate. But I find a lot of the Japanese students very "open" to different views and maybe that's why they didn't mind? Anyhow, just thought it was kind of interesting. I know that LIT
has been critiqued for its portrayal of stereotypes.
Re: Fraser's bio - not suggesting one should
have to read the book; just suggesting that it could be one reason why I feel like I get where she was coming from because it kind of mirrors the book's sympathetic portrayal, so no doubt that's what Sofia was trying to capture. Sometimes that's the problem with adaptations - it's difficult to "say" in 2 hrs what a book has 500 pages to say!
Agree about the "environment" and how it shapes people; and I also think it's true she doesn't necessarily want us to fully identify with one character in all of her films - that's especially true in Somewhere
, perhaps, where the protagonist is a jerk. But then his daughter shows up and the "slowburn", to quote Phuel
Agree, too, about her strongest work being in those 2 films, although visually Marie Antoinette
is pure scopophillia! Lust of the eyes
It's almost eye candy for me on the level of a Bollywood film.
BTW, how'd you get your hands on a copy of Bling Ring
? If you can't share, that's fine, but just curious.