As expected, some people here mentioning Mulholland Drive. I'll admit that ( especially if you're watching it for the first time ) it can be pretty confusing, but
( WARNING! )
( SPOILERS! )
things get easier after we realize that she was dreaming. Then it's just putting the little pieces together and separate the "dream" from "reality". Essentially, the movie is about Hollywood and broken dreams.
For those of you that ( probably watched it recently and ) need some help in understanding the movie; some key explanations:
"The dinner", which is the beginning of everything.
The characters here will be incorporated into the paranoid fantasy of Diane's 'romanticized Hollywood' dream: The director talking about the pool man becomes the director in her dream, also with Diane's idea of the pool man. The fat man watching her as she drinks her coffee becomes the gangster who doesn't like his espresso. Coco, the director's mother, becomes her landlady. The cowboy-hat guy becomes the cowboy-hat Hollywood power figure. The girl who kisses Camilla becomes the "Camilla Rhodes" in the dream part. And of course, Camilla, her ex-lover, becomes the dependent, loving person Diane wants her to be: "Rita".
About the ( strange ) "Espresso scene":
( plausible explanation )
The reason this was in Diane's dream was because during the real life dinner party, when Diane hears Adam's news that his divorce resulted in him getting the pool while his wife got nothing, the coffee that she's drinking tastes bad to her in light of this news, and she goes to look away. (In a traumatic moment like this, a person's brain can memorize anything) And who does she see? The guy that is going to eventually turn up in her dream as an Italian mobster, who ruins all of Adam's plans for his own movie. In this way, Diane manages to get revenge on Adam in her own dream world.
About the blue box and the club Silencio scene:
Inside the box, Diane has hidden away all her anguish, hysteria and depression – the components of her real life. Locking the box would mean hiding the reality, and constructing her fantasy. So when Rita opens the box, the dream falls apart. The blue box appears in Betty/Diane’s lap at the end of the opera. This is the culmination of her fantasy. Or rather, it signifies Diane/Betty waking up. The magician is forcing her to face the truth; to deconstruct her fantasy, to open the box and let the harsh truth come out. In this "Silencio" club scene, when Diane realizes she is dreaming, she shakes uncontrollably. This means that on the edge of reality/waking, her subconscious could no longer repress her memories of murdering the woman she loved. The box can be seen as a symbol of Camilla's death and inside it Diane's guilt, which she kept locked up by her fears (the bum). Once Rita/Camilla unlocks it, the dream-cowboy says, "It's time to wake up."
( the blonde wig : the dream begins to break down once Rita dons the blonde wig--making her look like Betty. This is a way of showing that Diane is beginning to realize that "Rita" is just a fiction of her own mind. Diane IS "Rita", hence their resemblance in the dream's waning moments. )
( at Winkie's ( which is where Diane hires the hitman to kill Camilla ), the waitress's real name, Betty, is the name Diane takes in her dream persona. In Diane's dream, the waitress becomes "Diane". )
As shown on her face when she wakes, Diane is forced to face the fact that it was all a dream, the sadness of her own life, and the guilt brought on by having her ex-girlfriend murdered. Diane's neighbor knocks on her door, which is what actually woke her up, to tell her there have been detectives looking for her, additional confirmation that there has been a murder. She starts reflecting on how she came to be in this position, from Camilla's coolness to her flirtations with Adam to the unforgivable humiliations at the party. In her kitchen, Diane says excitedly, "You've come back", to "Camilla" before quickly realizing it was just another hallucination/fantasy. The final breakdown / hallucination starts with the bum dropping the open blue box (the murder realization), and then comes the crushing guilt. The escaping little old people (the ones who are possibly her parents or grandparents) remind her of how far she's come and how much she's changed and also how she couldn't possibly face those people again, knowing what she's done. (When we first meet Betty, she is saying goodbye to this old couple, on to a better, brighter future in Hollywood.) As her guilt and the reality of what she's done overwhelm her (and with the hallucinatory breakdown of the old couple attacking), she shoots herself in the mouth.
Naomi Watts said in an interview: "Diane is the real character and Betty is the person she wanted to be and had dreamed up. Rita is the damsel in distress and she's in absolute need of Betty, and Betty controls her as if she were a doll. Rita is Betty's fantasy of who she wants Camilla to be."
3 ( +3 / -0 )
“All work and no play makes jack a dull boy.”
They’re not worried about the trains, stations and workplaces from Monday to Friday ( that’s 5 in 7 ) but a little fun on a sunny Saturday is a sin.
blame it on the
”Please, we kindly ask you to ...” / with sugar on top requests
; and the greediness of this government that cares way too much about money.
8 ( +12 / -4 )
... that’ll teach them a lesson ...
0 ( +0 / -0 )
“possible 4th wave” ?
... with this kind of leadership, people should get ready for the 5th ...
7 ( +9 / -2 )
... childish thinking, disconnected from reality ;
... guy ,s a pervert. Like many other Japanese middle aged men.
... not a surprise.
... what’s worrying is that these people are in charge of this country ...
0 ( +5 / -5 )
... another wave, another pseudo state of emergency ... ‘till the next one.
8 ( +9 / -1 )
Russian Foreign Minister says relations with West have ‘hit the bottom’
... we know where you’re trying to go ...
... you scared little puppy, give me some of that Vodka ( the only thing I care about Russia ) and shut the hll up.
0 ( +8 / -8 )
Yesterday I saw many wearing the same, looking the same.
( Welcome to Japan )
I wish them strength and resilience. Many of them will be intimidated and harassed by their bosses and colleagues. Be strong!
20 ( +26 / -6 )
... is it just me or King Kong was supposed to be a lot smaller than Godzilla ... ; poor Gojira keeps shrinking ...
gotta give “team USA” a little “help”...
2 ( +2 / -0 )
Some people fail to understand that Japan will never need those goals. But they know the rules, so they know all about football. Some even compare the European qualifiers with the Asian qualifiers. Others don’t know the inferiority complex of the Japanese team. Yeah, just look at the rules, that’s all there is ... heheheh.
-3 ( +0 / -3 )
Ok you don’t know me so I’m just gonna say that I know that, my friends. The other thing I’m gonna say is that probably Japan is going to be the first team to be qualified.
( The ones downvoting my previous comment probably don’t know much about football. )
-2 ( +3 / -5 )
Maybe it’s an European thing, but stronger teams know when to stop. But Japan needs to “destroy” Mongolia ( really?! ) so they can feel strong, confident and proud, even if just temporarily. Poor Japan, I’d say.
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who would’ve guessed that ;
sleepy Yoshi is not PM material.
"Strengthening of border controls is one of the few cards Mr Suga has left to show the public that he is strictly controlling the coronavirus,"
the good old “us vs them” card. ... apparently still popular with the Japanese public ...
3 ( +3 / -0 )
you fulfill your contract with Europe first before you start delivering to other countries
"I can't explain to European citizens why we are exporting millions of vaccine doses to countries that are producing vaccines themselves and aren't sending us anything back,"
"We need a principle of reciprocity: supply others if they supply us in accordance with signed contracts,"
“Europe must "defend its interests",
... as a concerned (w) European, I support this “tougher tone”. ... the ones criticizing here must be Americans or British. no surprise there.
-1 ( +7 / -8 )
Japan doesn’t welcome foreigners, it welcomes their money. Tell me something I don’t know.
38 ( +40 / -2 )
... been there; nothing special. They should be fined btw.
but I admire the fact that this was an inspiration to some of the coolest scenes in one of the coolest movies in the history of cinema. ... “poor“ Gogo Yubari; ... was rooting for her ...
3 ( +3 / -0 )
” This isn’t over. “
2 ( +6 / -4 )
“ ... asks for continuing cooperation. “
yes; we live in a different world.
8 ( +8 / -0 )
Bravo! For the Snyders addressing their important issue and, Bravo! to ‘the fandom’ that supported the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (ASFP) contributing over $500,000 to ASFP.
His daughter committed suicide so this is personal and this movie is dedicated to her.
wasn’t able to watch everything last night because Thursday night isn’t exactly the best time to watch 4 hour movies but I could tell that we have something special here ... ;
many people are calling this a masterpiece and one of the best superhero movies of all time.
2 ( +2 / -0 )
Excuse me, nobody cares about this Olympic thing anymore. Now, more than ever, people realize there are more important things in life.
15 ( +15 / -0 )
lmao sleepy Yoshi, you wanna go to the White House and be friends with Joe; get ready for that shot. ganbare!
2 ( +6 / -4 )
Gojira ‘s best friend.
” saraba, tomo yo. “
2 ( +2 / -0 )
” Let them burn, Charlie, let them burn. “
1 ( +1 / -0 )
Tokyo Best city of the world !!..
Negative votes, come to me !!..
Well, if we take personal preferences out of the equation ( some people prefer inaka or smaller cities, can’t do anything about that ), Tokyo IS the best city in the world. Only one problem, though. You need to have money to fully enjoy it.
2 ( +6 / -4 )
So what you mean is that “it’s the Olympics but it’s not gonna look like the Olympics”.
You still ”there”?! Excuse me but we are in the “last stage of the game” aka ”cancelled Olympics”.
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Hope it will make her so busy we wont see her anymore everywhere in Japan. So many people tired of her....
Wish her luck but her only talent is being fat and making funny faces... proof that you don’t need much to ( at least start your journey in the entertainment industry (and) ) be considered a “star” or “celebrity” in Japan...
3 ( +17 / -14 )
Uncertainty and doubt. That’s more than enough for most people.
The media should be careful. What’s just a few clicks compared with keeping people safe. Playing with their fears in exchange for what?
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