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Sun Spots (光斑, 2009)

光斑 (Sun Spots, 2009)

導演
楊恒
演員
田力, 陳怡伶 梁宇
連結
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簡介
現代, 中國湖南省某小城~ 阿力 (田力 飾) 是位黑幫混混, 靠收帳和當打手為生~ 他愛上了一位漂亮的女生, 而女生卻正為不忠的前男友而傷心, 兩男一女就糾纏拉扯在這三角關係之中~

 

評語
中國導演 楊恒 第二部長片 “光斑”, 全片以31個靜止不動的超長鏡頭組成, 而且每個鏡頭幾乎都是遠鏡, 人物總在遠處走動, 即使在大銀幕上也看不清楚他們的表情和臉孔~ 在放映後的討論中, 導演指電影叫 “光斑”, 其中一個原因就是因為片中人的面目比較模糊, 就像陽光那樣刺眼而難以看清~

超長鏡頭電影近年在藝術電影圈中幾乎已成為一個為數不少的分支, 探索這種非常簡約而深具時間感的表達形式的不同可能性~ “光斑” 裡的長鏡頭不如 蔡明亮 般心思算盡和充滿黑色幽默, 也不是 Benedek Fliegauf “Milky Way” (銀河影像, 2007) 或 Roy Andersson 那種奇觀搞怪的動態畫~ 雖然是要強調人物的肢體動作和行為, 但也沒有像 Albert Serra 那樣採用家傳戶曉的現成故事, 索性棄掉劇情和懸疑的元素~ 楊恒 大概比較接近為素人造像的阿根廷導演 Lisandro Alonso, 他基本上仍是個說故事者, 片中演員沒有多少句對白, 一個個超長鏡頭慢慢組成一個三角愛情故事~ 那種一個追一個躲, 嘗試親近但不得要領的身體語言, 人與人之間的空間和距離, 靜靜表達出心底強烈的渴望~

“光斑” 是以視覺為先的電影, 但看當中的人物, 卻跟背景漂亮而寧靜的小鎮鄉村景色不太合襯~ 一身刺青的少年在河水旁拿著手機自拍, 在寧靜樸素的小鎮上到處砍人傷人 (暴力畫面全都off-screen), 還有最後在竹林若隱若現的殺機, 這些襯在人物身處的秀麗景色幾乎說得上是煞風景~ 這種不協調和略見突兀的景象, 就正好反映片中人物介乎鄉村與城市之間, 但又未能在一種生活方式中找到安穩落腳點的尷尬處境~

6 comments to Sun Spots (光斑, 2009)

  • Hi, it seems you’re targeting Chinese films this year with your reviews blitz :) Are you catching/caught Oxhide II, Game Theory or After All These Years by any chance?

    I was thinking of catching Sun Spots today but hesitated in the end. Now I find out both Sun Spots and The High Life have won awards- guess I’m going to regret not being able to watch them.

    From what I’ve seen so far, only Petition (Director’s Cut) and Enter The Void have left me with lasting impressions. Petition is the masterpiece, and I’m still recalling the images of Enter The Void (however mediocre its content is). I caught Father of My Children and Police, Adjective- both fine films, but I can’t say they’re ‘must-see’ films. Will blog about them soon!

  • i’ll watch “petition” too but i can only pick the 2hr version to include other films in schedule. shouldnt miss “Oxhide II” i think…

  • re: The Daydreamer
    um… there are fewer and fewer “festival films” in hkiff, and the ones that you most probably won’t have a chance to see again are perhaps the Chinese independent films~

    I’ve watched “Oxhide II” and the review is here, but I don’t plan to see the other two~ I personally like “the High Life” more than “Sun Spots”~ the latter is radical in style but sometimes seems a little gimmicky~

    The 5hr+ running time of “Petition” is daunting~ will you be blogging about it soon? as for “enter the void”, the visual part is eye-opening and the director’s idea of death and reincarnation is (too?) romantic, but there is little else to talk about…

    re: ab_jj
    “oxhide ii” really IS interesting~ not to be missed~ =]

  • I’ll definitely post something about Petition soon (in the meantime you can read 家明’s Mingpao article here). You should catch the International Cut if possible (although it seems to be sold out, so you can try begging on the Facebook group), but I’m very curious how much colossal drama and anguish the 2 hour cut will allow.

    Skipping Tangle tonight, but going to the Oxhide II screening. The film was leaked online around 2 weeks ago, but given the film needs a certain patience to appreciate, I guess it’s wise to actually see it on a cinema screen (and sitting on an uncomfortable seat to keep you awake).

    Have you seen Spring Fever in last year’s HKLGFF, or will you be catching it this time? I’m deciding between it and The Happiest Girl in the World on 5/4, and I’m particularly concerned with the rather unkind reviews (‘pretentious’ and ‘trite’ are two common words) Spring Fever has received.

  • Thanks, gar, for these new capsule reviews. I’m so very interested in this film; I wonder when I’ll get a chance to see it here in London…hopefully a screener will come available soon.

  • re: The Daydreamer
    for “petition”, i’m more interested in knowing the presentation style than the content itself~ the content is important, of course, but to a certain extend, we all know how crazy the legal system of mainland china can get, and it’ll be a little disappointing if it is merely a marathon presentation of tragic miscarriage of justice cases~ actually i’m one of the passholders… I guess I’ll be sneaking in there and get a seat when no one notices, hehe =]

    i’ll be seeing the coming screening of “spring fever”~ it sounds more interesting than “the happiest girl in the world”, i think…

    re: Edwin
    Yang’s radical style surely requires a little patience~ the director himself said some people love his films a lot, but still many others hate his films a lot~ anyways, please see it if you have the chance~ =]

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