Archive for October, 2010
What if the Virgin looks inside herself and she finds a black soul or a twisted mind? This is what happens in Natural Born Killers, Carrie and Double Indemnity.
In Double Indemnity, you could say Neff was a Victim of the Femme Fatale but then, Victim is the shadow side of the Virgin. He quickly admits that he murdered the husband because he wanted to see how smart he was. He wanted to take his daydreaming and bring it to life by being the guy who beat the insurance company because he was smarter than them. This was his dream and he got the Opportunity to Shine when he met Mrs. Diedrich. Maybe he also had a need to impress her like his mommy (which ironically is a father complex).
Neff created a Secret World and grew stronger in his ability to carry it out. And afterwards, he had more and more trouble fitting in his Dependent World for fear of being discovered.
Sometimes the Virgin knows herself as a person the larger society doesn`t embrace. The conclusion could be their personal satifaction at finding a new place for herself and coming into her power as an individual, or we witness the destruction of the Virgin for the good of others. Not every Virgin is nice.
I left the movie thinking ‘yikes, what was that about’? I woke up thinking it was brilliant. The title tells you exactly what it is about. It is the Virgin story of a woman whose true nature is to love. Emma was swept into the world of a rich Italian collector when he was traveling in Russia and now lives a cold isolated life as his wife.
There is a stunning lack of words in this film. Luscious meals, gorgeous scenery and expressive faces tell the story. The sex is graphic and intimate. This is a movie that sinks in over time and stays with you.
WARNING: spoilers here.
Here is the breakdown of the movie as a Virgin’s journey.
Emma lives in a Dependent World where she manages a household and protects her eldest son Edoardo and daughter Elisabetta from her husband’s values. She is a sleeping beauty (Price of Protection) until her son meets a friend, Antonio, who feeds her passion for cooking (Opportunity to Shine). Antonio’s food is sensual and enlivening and she is drawn to him (Secret World). He cuts her hair (No Longer Fits Her World; the same act her lesbian daughter did to claim her true self). Emma shares the favorite recipe of Edoardo with Antonio which reveals to Edoardo that she is intimate with Antonio (Caught Shining). They quarrel and Edoardo falls into the swimming pool and is killed instantly (Kingdom in Chaos). Emma admits to her husband she loves Antonio (Chooses Her Light) and is banished from his life (Wanders in the Wilderness). Suddenly recognizing she no longer has to protect her children (Gives Up What Kept Her Stuck) Emma grabs her things and pauses as she flees the house. Elisabetta gives her nod of approval (The Rescue) and Emma is free.
After the shock of the son dieing, in a movie of such subtle previous events, he can be seen as a metaphor for her connection to her husband – a connection that had to die one way or the other for her to grow. Edoardo had married a woman who shared his father’s nature and they were reproducing. The essence of Emma was doomed in Edoardo on many levels. It is a tragic story because Edoardo dies, but also a positive story in that Emma breaks free.