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Sex And Philosophy (2005) (Tajikistan)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:46 am
by hengcs
Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Cast: Daler Nazarov

The film was Tajikistan's submission to Oscar 2006!

I recall this film because I spent some time searching for its poster to be posted in this forum ...

I cant believe this ... Singapore will be screening the film ... (not in a film festival but commercial screening ... wow ... thnks The PictureHouse ...)

PS: The review will be here in mid September …

Re: Sex And Philosophy (2005) (Tajikistan)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 3:49 am
by A
Wow, I can't believe this either! I think that the film didn't have an official release anywhere...
I would really love to see it. Former fundamentalist Makhmalbaf involved with "western" topics would surely make for an interesting watch. This man has definitely gone through a lot of changes since his first cinematic efforts in the early 80s.
Will be awaiting your review hengcs.

Re: Sex And Philosophy (2005) (Tajikistan)

PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 8:17 am
by hengcs
Went twice ...
first time, there was no more screening that night ...
second time, too early ... waited 3 hrs before the screening ...

Sex And Philosophy (2005) (Tajikistan)

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Cast: Daler Nazarov

The official website
see
www.makhmalbaf.com/movies.php?m=49

Synopsis
A man who is celebrating his 40th birthday summoned his 4 lovers simultaneously ... what was his intention? how would the 4 women react? and how would the film end?

My thoughts ...

-- Unlike many films, the opening scene and ending scene are "well coordinated" ... ... but what really imprints are (i) the art direction/well choreographed scenes and (ii) the "philosophy" of love and life (regardless of your personal opinion) ... in a way, each of the affair is also symbolic of something ...
e.g., "heavenly" "first" love vs "earthly love"
e.g., and when the last woman also summoned 4 men, we see the contrast in societal reaction ...
etc

-- the tradeoff, however, is that some scenes/dialogues may seem too contrived/pretentious (for depicting real life scenarios) and too "choreographed" ... but hey, I guess if you want to "like" this film, you have to appreciate that the style and message(s) are supposed to supercede the quest for authentic portrayal ...

Conclusion ...
Recommended for two groups of people
(i) if you are going for the art direction/choreography ... or music, you will like the film;
(ii) if you like to be philosophical about love and life, this is the film for you ... of course you may choose to agree or disagree with the director's viewpoint ...