[/b]The Soapmaker wrote:I think Bedevilled was supposed to be fun, at times - the deaths of the "aunties" were definitely laced with black humour, as was the Bean Paste Incident. Having said that, there was nothing at all funny about the spousal abuse scenes or the death of the little girl.
Korean movies very often have that odd mix of darkness and humour, take Memories of Murder, The Chaser or most of Chan Wook Park's films for example.
But I do take your point. It would've been strange if everyone had started cheering during [b]Red, White & Blue.
GeorgeCaplin wrote:To be honest I did cheer to myself in that film when Nate ripped of the rock dude's stupid earings!
narcan wrote:It's a weird one this applauding violence thing - I don't always feel comfortable when it kicks off even though I do it too and there is definitely something cathartic about vocally celebrating when a victim gets revenge on their oppressors. However I'm conscious of being manipulated by films that employ tabloid tactics to provoke a 'bring back capital punishment' kind of reaction.
AdeBrown wrote:However I did get annoyed once at a London Film Festival screening of a Takeshi Kitano film about an abusive husband when some people laughed at his expressions and drunken behaviour when it was clearly a fairly straight film about abuse.
The Soapmaker wrote:AdeBrown wrote:However I did get annoyed once at a London Film Festival screening of a Takeshi Kitano film about an abusive husband when some people laughed at his expressions and drunken behaviour when it was clearly a fairly straight film about abuse.
Was that Blood & Bones? It was a long time ago and I can't recall any laughter (I may have missed it at the LFF and seen it later at the NFT). But if I remember right the film just went on and on (and on) with nothing happening but him being horrible to everyone. There was no variation in the mood, no light and shade, so eventually it just became tiresome and, perhaps, laughable in an "oh god here we go again" sort of way.
Rather like Martyrs, which was so unrelentingly horrible that it eventually stopped being disturbing and just got boring.
I think it's safe to assume that no-one would have been applauding the money shots in 'A Serbian Film' had it been shown.
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