Victim City: the Killjoy Aesthetics of Babel
The film begins well enough with a dirt-poor Moroccan family trying to survive on a dry windy mountain. An old man sells a rifle to a family for money and a goat, and then the father of the family sends out his two male sons with the goat herd, instructing them to shoot jackals if needed. Standing on top of a mountain, the two boys dispute whether or not the gun can, as advertised, shoot something a full kilometer away, so one boy decides to shoot at a bus way down below that happens to be passing by. He fires, at first to no effect, but then the bus veers off the road, and they can hear screaming, so they abruptly run back home.
The film then cuts to Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett as an American couple having an argument in
Yes, I guess one can admire the film’s attempts at tragic grandeur, but I thought the it was rigged. Can anything go right for a change? What is the film saying? To never, ever go traveling in
As the sulky deaf-mute in search of love, Koji Yakusho just ends up degrading herself. Instead of showing any real spunk or adaptability, she tries to kiss her dentist, takes what looks like ecstasy before getting rejected in a disco, and eventually throws herself at a policeman. I kept wondering, how do a horny teenager’s woes tie in with a gun shot wound or mortal danger in