Tuesday, 17 November 2009

The cook, The theif, His wife and Her lover

Well this film made me feel sick, literally. I did want to walk out just watching the first scene however I stuck it out. I can't say I would watch this film or ever recommend it to a friend but there were some qualities I admired it for. I loved how during the film I forgot I was watching a film I thought I was watching a play on stage. I will admit though I felt for Georgina, she was getting beaten and abused and brought me back to my last portrait, it did make me cry when she was lying there next to her lover in denile that he had been killed stilled expecting him to give her a kiss in the morning like it was a bad dream. Then when she was saying to her lover all the things her husband did to her I just teared up. All I can say is that it reminds me alot of the theatre, it used the same sets over and over again and even the colours and lighting was theatrical. While doing drama we learnt about using different coloured lights to create moods and that's exactly what the film has done, it isn't realistic.


  1. Hi Farideh, you did look a bit the worse for wear at the end! Don't worry, when I saw it at the cinema, lots of people walked out! I'm glad you stuck it out to the end, as I think that although it is an extremely uncomfortable film to watch, there are so many interesting things to take away from it. I also thought of your final portrait, when she appeared at the table covered in bruises...

  2. yeh I think it's why it touched me in the end so glad I stuck it out although wish some things had been more suggested but I guess that's how it got it's effect

  3. ... about the perception essay; as I haven't been involved, I can't necessarily appease all your (and others) confusion. However, I do have some very basic advice for you;

    Go back to the brief: below the essay question itself you will find the 'assessment criteria' - unfortunately, I couldn't get hold of an actual copy of the brief - otherwise I would copy/paste the exact requirements, but my point is simply this; use the 'assessment criteria' as cited in the brief to guide and formulate your response.

    So, if memory serves, the first criteria asks you to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the principles of perception; therefore, to begin your essay, you should reflect your understanding of the key ideas as covered in the lecture series - Gestalt theory, semiotics etc - a general statement regarding how our relationship to the world and meanings has been discussed in theoretical terms.

    The next criteria is all about APPLYING that understanding; so, what I therefore suggest is, out of the various theories/principles, you select one/some to develop further and apply them to something; if you were to select semiotics, before you could apply it, you would first have to demonstrate your knowledge of the subject itself - whose idea was it, where did it come from, and what does it 'do' - then, once you've defined Semiotics, apply it - my advice would be to apply it to something 'simple' first - because when you apply it to something simple, what is 'complex' about how our perceptions of it are formed is made very obvious; the example I've used is the traffic light - green = go/ red = stop. Of course, red and green don't equal anything - their significance is entirely cultural and created. Then, once you've applied it to something simple, you are in a position to move onto something more complex.

    The way to succeed in this essay is for you to define the limits of your own enquiry - don't let the whole weight of perceptual theory lead your essay, make the essay lead perceptual theory.

    The other assessment criteria is about 'academic style' in the writing of the essay itself, which is something we've all talked about before - that is, finding a formal 'voice' with which to express yourself and observing the Harvard Method for quotes and citations,

    I know what the essay question says (or doesn't say!), but basically you are being asked to use your knowledge of perceptual theory to 'unlock' an existing image, object or sign. If you're doing that, you're doing okay.

    Golden Rule - when in doubt, use the assessment criteria as your guide!