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13 February 2011 @ 01:42 am
ladurée and black swan  
This weekend was my last weekend before starting my second Semester on Monday. My last exams (oral exams) went well. Then, I had four lovely days to enjoy my break. I'm sure the next few months will be rather intense as I'll have a two-hour class on Saturday at 4pm which seems to me pretty odd and rather completely and utterly unbelievable (I've been complaining to everyone ! Sorry, you were the next ones on the list !).

Today, I went to Ladurée with my friend J which was really nice. They had all those nice decorations on for Valentine's Day.

And then, we went to see Black Swan. Here are my thoughts 
It was difficult to know what I had thought of it when I left the cinema. I knew I had loved it but I didn't really know what I had loved in particular.I simply thought it was very beautiful. The light was gloomy but mesmerizing, the dancing parts were really dynamic and quite fascinating, the costumes were gorgeous and the actors were beautiful (I have such a crush on Mila Kunis in this film ! And I wasn't really a fan of her before. Vincent Cassel was, I thought, perfect). I haven't read any review completely as I got spoiled for the ending and didn't want to know more so I don't know what people have to say about that but I really loved the eroticism in the film. It sounds silly I know ! Natalie Portman is not supposed to be desirable (cf. it is explicitly said by Vincent Cassel in the film) and yet there is all this tension around her with both men and women. I thought it was really interesting !
As for the "main plot" of the film, I loved it but was slightly disappointed by some passages at the end. It was so subtle and well-written most of the time (the part of the mother is perfect !, the said eroticism, the mirroring, etc) but the ending lacked of something in a way. The big revelation wasn't as good as the beginning in my opinion.
I still need to process everything, though !

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I'm reading True Grit by Charles Portis (Donna Tartt wrote the afterword) at the moment which I would like to finish before I see the film. The film looks very good ! We saw the trailer today.

I hope you had a great Saturday too !
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a very interesting mixture of poetry and meanness: you can't fight city hallhostile17girl on February 13th, 2011 01:13 am (UTC)
It's really interesting how two people can view the same film completely differently. I didn't think Black Swan was the slightest bit subtle. All of the characters were variations on stereotypes and I felt that Aronofsky really hit the audience over the head with the symbolism. That being said, the film was certainly mesmerizing. I just seem to like it less and less the more I think about it.
Morganereveparisien on February 13th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
I think Requiem for a dream was much worse when it comes to things not being subtle. I don't admire Aronofsky but for some reason I never gave up on him. Black Swan is a great improvement. The film is based on the symbolism I think. That's what the film is about. That's how I see things. Life becomes the symbol of a ballet which has itself everything to do with symbolism. In the credits, every actor was : real-life character (Nina)/Swan lake character (Swan queen). That's really what Aronofsky wanted to do.
I don't know why people are being so hard on this film !
a very interesting mixture of poetry and meanness: smell the ashes in the airhostile17girl on February 13th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
The only other Aronofsky film I've seen is The Fountain, which I thought sounded really exciting but it ended up being a total disappointment. I don't know, I just don't care for his story-telling techniques!
Kelle: cakekels450 on February 13th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
So many people have talked about Black Swan - I want to watch it now just to see what the fuss is about even though i'm not really a film person! :)

I'm glad your exams went okay and are over now! :D And good luck starting back on Monday! :D

And your picture is beautiful as always, you're so good at photography. :)

Hope you're okay, love. *hugs* xxx
Morganereveparisien on February 13th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
You should watch it when you get the chance ! That's really interesting !
Thank you ! I'm glad to go back tomorrow :)
Aww Thank you Kelle ! You're so sweet.
I hope you're well too !!
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Morganereveparisien on February 13th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
Hello ! Nice to see you here :) I agree with everything you said here !
.: When you hold me in your embracegauloise on February 13th, 2011 01:13 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen Black Swan yet but watched True Grit last night and absolutely loved it. It's definitely a must-see film, Morgane, I think you would really love it. The storyline is so engaging and the sparse landscapes are perfect. How are you enjoying the book??
Morganereveparisien on February 13th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
Oh You did ? That's great to know ! I finished the book this afternoon and thought it was a great read. I love the place and time where it takes place. I'd read anything related to that "world". It's a bit of a satyre (the child trying to be a 'cowboy') so it was really unique. I'm really looking forward to seeing the film now !
I was never being bored: Talbo - MTL City Boyleafsens on February 14th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Ladurée, I have finally tasted them! My friend brought a few back from Paris last year and they are AMAZING. I've eaten ones made here in Toronto and Hong Kong and nothing beats the authentic Parisian stuff!
Morganereveparisien on February 16th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
Oh really ?? I'm so glad !!! :D
Ashleyxopinkmoonxo on March 20th, 2011 05:04 am (UTC)
I wanted to see Black Swan but I think I waited too late. I'll have to check out the DVD when it comes out.

Random question - I was looking up names, for meanings and origins, and I typed in Morgane,, and the pronunciation on the site was MOR gan, like the traditional American named of Morgan. I always have pronounced your name in my head as Mor-gain like in the movie The Mists of Avalon. Who's right? I hate when I am mispronouncing people's names even if I'm doing it in my head and not to their faces. I want to say their name correctly!
Morganereveparisien on March 20th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
You really must check it out when you get the chance ! It's really good and really beautiful !

That's sweet ! In fact my name in French is pronounced 'Morgan' (like Morgan Freeman). So yes it's MORgan ! But I have noticed that a couple of Americans friends of mine tended to spontaneously say Mor-gain so it's all right ! It's nice too :)
Ashleyxopinkmoonxo on March 20th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
haha no it's okay, I'll actually remember the traditional Mor-gan better, because that's one of my cousins names :) I just didn't know it was a French name too!
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