I usually write about things that are cool. Cool can have many connotations. Things can be cool because I like them or they can be cool because, while not being easy to watch, they are memorable experiences. Such is with this Chinese movie.
I watched it on Canada's 'Showcase' satellite channel during their foreign film festival a number of years ago. Of all the movies I have ever watched this one has haunted me so much that I think one viewing is more than I can handle.
"Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975 (sending young people to there was a part of Cultural Revolution in China). A year later, she agrees to go to even more remote spot with a Tibetan saddle tramp Lao Jin to learn horse herding."
It's a love story but a tragic one - a deeply tragic one.
This movie was directed by Joan Chen and it contains beautiful vistas that contrast with the truly horrific things that happen to this girl when she is sent far away from her home. It got a grade of 96% from 'Rotten Tomatoes'.
Be warned that the film is beyond sad and the feeling of helplessness overshadows everything. You wish you could reach out and help her at several points but all you can do is watch. I was fixated an hypnotized.
This movie will never leave you. I saw the torrent today on 'Demonoid' but I just couldn't watch it again. I have only ever felt that way about one other film -a Russian movie about a man who spends his day killing people in Stalin's purge and subsequently loses his mind. I don't remember the name of it but it was also horrific.
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.