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Greek tragedy - Grim, but wonderfully constructed and acted,
This review is from: Blue Jasmine [DVD]  (DVD)
This is a grim, but wonderfully acted, story about Jasmine, an unquestioning, super-rich, society wife who by a deliberate act of malice against her unscrupulous, unfaithful, con-man husband, causes her world to completely unravel, leaving her husband dead (from suicide in prison) and her with nothing. The film is about her attempts to put some of the pieces together after having a severe mental breakdown which was treated (we learn) by ECT. She is on the verge of madness throughout the film, covered by a seemingly sophisticated, upmarket veneer which she uses to function. Nevertheless, her attempts at re-educating herself and learning skills for the jobs market are hampered both by her poor mental state and what seems like confusion and memory loss, which could have been left by the ECT. She falls back on trying to find another rich husband to care for and pamper her as she has been used to. All goes horribly wrong. Although Jasmine is not a sympathetic character who seems to have learned nothing from her experiences, I did strangely feel sympathy for her and her predicament. The film is very interesting and thought provoking, wonderfully constructed and acted. The other thought I've recently had is that unfortunately no one was seeing Jasmine's madness (probably because of cultural factors) and taking her in hand either by seriously talking with her, checking on her medication or getting her more mental health support (ideally counselling). The film is a Greek tragedy.
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Initial post: 15 Jun 2014 20:32:59 BDT
Ars longa, vita brevis. Lovely review - except the end. This isn't a window on the world but art - a film with a plot and of course, some key social themes. We've just started watching it and I hadn't realised the connection with my favourite stage play, Streetcar. This took me to Amazon and to your review. Thanks for posting it!
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2014 09:12:17 BDT
Susan Glazier says:
Thank you! (The end was an afterthought of mine - mainly because I've spend many years working in mental health services and have a certain mind-set. I totally agree that the film is art.)
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2014 15:04:30 BDT
I loved the film - entirely. I do think so many people just don't "get it" and write reviews from that standpoint. The suffering of Jasmine / Blanche is something only sensitive souls can imagine and I can only imagine that Williams and Allen knew / know a thing or two about mental suffering. It must be a tough area to work in - well done!
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2014 22:13:12 BDT
Susan Glazier says:
Thank you again Scampo, much appreciated. Su
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