March 24, 2005
The world 世界
Just the thoughts of having a looooong weekend ahead of me made me happy. Besides, Vivian invited me for dumplings after work, although her invitation sounded more like a warning:" Come for dumplings Thursday night then DON'T bug me for the rest of the weekend because I need to prepare for my exam!"
After the delicious dumplings I thought I should fully exercise my right of bugging her tonight so I grabbed her to watch the movie that Beth recommended a few days ago at Cinama du Parc: The world 世界。
This is a Chinese movie which describes the life of a young dancer Tao, her security-guard boyfriend and others who work at World Park, a theme park where visitors can have a glance of the world famous interests including the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Pyramids and even the Twin Towers, without ever leaving the Beijing suburbs. Those people are mostly from different small towns, coming to Beijing to see a bigger world. They speak different dialects, even Vivian and I have to read the subtitles from time to time.
I like the movie because it talks about the life of ordinary people, because it has strong Chinese culture context, and mostly because it depicts a real life of many Chinese, sometimes sad though.
There is a scene that is very touchy and beautiful:
Tao met this Russian girl Anna. Tao did not speak Russian while Anna did not speak Chinese. But the two women seemed connected. They sat in a small restaurant drinking Chinese wine. And then they had a beautiful conversation in two languages. They did not need each other to understand what they were saying, they just needed to know that they were with each other and cared about each other...
When we got out of the cimena, Vivian said:" Compare to many people in the movie, we are lucky, because we have more choices." That was true. We were like them, leaving our country to explore a different world. The difference might be that we had more choices to decide what kind of life we wanted. The girl Tao in the movie once said, " No one that I have known ever takes the airplane. I wonder how it feels."
The world is big yet small.
Posted by pengbo at March 24, 2005 11:15 PM