Happiness is not icing on the cake - "Happiness"

Melany 2022-11-13 00:25:30

If I can introduce this film in a simple, clear and easy-to-understand way, I can summarize it in one sentence: Xiaosan successfully turned positive.
But if this film can be described so simply, I don't think it's Varda's work. The beautiful girl that the young man meets is a door for him to break the conventional marriage life, which makes him feel fresh and exciting. In his world, this is the icing on the cake, and it is the extra reward that he enjoys while loving his wife. Wife and Emily are two mirrors, one gentle and virtuous to take care of the family, the other to live independently and full of urban flavor. All he loves is the very different life experiences the two bring him.
His confession, his self-righteousness, his happiness that he thought was full of joy, ended up losing his wife. And now, Emily comes into his life, taking care of the kids and taking care of the family. But there seems to be something missing from him in the camera, he becomes silent, and there is no joy in the past. This is what he thought was the icing on the cake.
The story is very simple, and the reason can only be attributed to the irreversible tragedy of the man's youthful urge to satisfy himself temporarily.
The red, blue, and yellow used in the transition are bright and rich in color, the arrangement of convenience stores of various colors appears, and the empty shots showing little details in life only show the relationship between the arms of men and women and objects, such a comparison The syntax also works great for me.
The originally happy family of four, their happiness is that they can go to the forest for a picnic. All four of them are wearing bright red clothes, and everyone is as happy and content as the color of the clothes. But in the final scene of the film, the lovers' clothes have turned into yellow sweaters. The young children cannot understand the meaning of the changes. Their red happiness is the satisfaction brought by the forest. A man understands that the satisfaction his wife gives him is something Emily can't do anyway, and he is unwilling to share these lives that belong only to himself and his wife with Emily, even though Emily has become a part of his life, role as a wife.
"The romantic and impressionistic glorification of the film's 'happiness' is so unparalleled in Virigourante's beautiful photography that this perfect description seems to be its opposite." It is extremely comfortable to use, and the French people's lazy slow-paced life has also made the most direct interpretation. But the extreme fullness of the picture also gives the content of the film great irony, which is not the happiness I want. If an affair can be said to be high-sounding, it is a major development outside the marriage zone, and a garden full of red apricots can be regarded as a thing that makes the owner of the garden extremely happy, then loyalty and single-mindedness are no longer there. joke.
You won't cherish what you get, and only when you lose it will you understand what you lost, not just your wife.
At this point, it's too late to regret.

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  • Émilie Savignard: Now I'm here. I'm myself, I mean.

    François Chevalier: I like that about you. And it's the same for me. I can't say I'm different since I met you. On the contrary, I'm even more myself.

  • François Chevalier: You know, I met my wife when I was in the service. It was love at first sight. We married when I got out. Had I met you first, I'd live with you.