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Crying Women's Vision of Europe 
Tuesday August 31st, 2004 22:55
Ohta Kouzou
I saw two films at the World Film Festival today, Visions of Europe, and Crying Women.

Visions of Europe was interesting, I was actually surprised that generally it was a cynical vision of Europe. Topics touched include citizenship, homogenization, centralization, pollution, bureaucracy, and a whole bunch of things that I can't connect with Europe in anyway. It's the kind of film I wish I could get on video to view multiple times. The show was sold out but some people were turned off and left, which I though was rude. It's one thing to walk out on a half filled house, it's another to walk out on a full house. I would recommend this film to others, as long as they aren't turned off by dark stuff.

Crying Women, on the other hand, was fluff. But at least it was foreign fluff, which is still ten times better than Hollywood fluff. Even if the story is horrible, foreign fluff tends to give a slightly different cultural perspective on things. The story of Crying Women is a little simple and convenient, but does show a view of the world seldom seen in North America. The film had a lot of parts but they didn't really stick together too well. The director of the film was present at the screening, which was cool, he answered some questions people asked.
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