● 21 ●
● Sion Sono Enthusiast ●
● Lover of fucked up movies ●
● Unfortunately Br*tish ●
Life is Sweet takes a brief glimpse into the lives of a nuclear working-class family in the late 80’s just scraping by, and watching each member go about their own lives, seeing how their connections with each other influence their lives, and how their lives influence each other. I would argue the main character, and the primary focus, being the mother Wendy, seeing the extent of how selfless she is and how much she does to keep her family together,…
This was a genuinely fascinating watch, both in the sense of watching a movie being filmed but also the raw essence of the 60's that this is just drenched in. Its amazing that every badly written and acted scene, only adds to the enjoyment of the movie, there's a vicarious satisfaction in watching the filmmaker making mistakes because these are the things you don't see when you watch a movie. When you watch the shining you see Shelley Duvall's performance…
Watched at the Theatres for the 4k restoration
Loved it far more on the second watch, its hard not to respect the bizarre postmodern set design and breathtaking wide shots. 2 years later i understood the political messaging and themes far more which added considerably to the experience. Its also worth noting that the restoration looked amazing, im so glad i got to watch this for the first time in theatres.
For the Straight Cut
I don't criticise Noé for this as to me this feels like a direct criticism of the people criticising the use of reverse chronology order. Giving them exactly what they asked for and presenting how it clearly works nowhere near as well as the original cut. I also love how much this made me appreciate the original cut that much more, showing just how brilliant of a choice it was to structure the movie in reverse.
I would like to add that it's still brilliant and a fantastic piece of art but it can't hold a candle to the original cut.