Monday, November 14, 2005
Responses generated by the audience (paraphrased and condensed):
-- I’m surprised that even though the movie is feminist in its story, we see patriarchy being enforced by a woman rather than a man. It is the mother-in-law who causes the family’s demise.
-- That patriarchy is represented not through the men in the movie, but through the actions of a female, is a clear example of how the oppressed often perpetuate their own oppression.
-- Why is the husband such an angel? He is perfect.
-- It’s a fairy tale. We don’t see such characters in real life.
-- It actually is a very honest picture of middle-eastern and Irani views on marriage.
-- The husband isn’t really an angel. He is a very impotent character here, one who cannot or does not appear as a strong figure, one who does not make a stand against his mother.
-- The men here are mostly submissive: both husband and father-in-law seem unable to be part of the decision making scheme in the two families.
-- The movie is a cry for men and women both to see more in the relation between man and women than the begetting of children. The couple’s life together demonstrated their ability to create, not necessarily children, but rather a happy and productive life.
-- The movie uses color to background the feelings of the characters, moving away from the Hollywood tradition of using music for such effect.
-- The billboard that the wife hid behind in order to see the new wife had a picture of a man’s eyes, enlarged. This reminds me of The Great Gatsby where the billboard was a witness to the husband cheating on his wife.
-- The billboard’s eyes also suggest the idea of the gaze, a very recurrent theme in feminist works.
My connection was acting up so I could't post this last night.