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Some Voices

Madness, love, fireworks, and more madness
guineapig on Mon 25 September 2000
This film is about the experiences of a schizophrenia sufferer, Ray. It begins with him leaving mental hospital, and the action never really leaves him for more than a few seconds. This sets the atmosphere of the film; even in broad daylight it is sometimes claustrophobic, giving a very real feeling of a man who is trapped inside his mind.

The other characters are defined by their relationships with Ray. We see his arguments with his brother Pete (in the strangely convincing upmarket greasy spoon which he runs) and his love with Laura (who eventually falls for Ray after her breakup with her irritating boyfriend).

I think in the end this film drives a middle way between the usual Hollywood cheeriness and the usual reaction to it; its emotion, and ultimately its optimism, comes from the characters, without them ever becoming unrealistic or unconvincing.

The cinematography is also worth a mention. In a Radio 4 review of the film, a schizophrenia sufferer credited it as being a reasonable depiction of the condition (although of course we can't be given the conviction that the voices are real ....).
I think that speaks for itself.

My verdict: if you find life interesting, you should find this interesting.
Rating: 9.0 rating of 9.0
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

A genius on form.
guineapig on Wed 27 September 2000
This is one of the best books I have ever read.

The special thing about this book is the style, and the strange quality of the world in which Kundera writes. Firstly, it is self-referential. The author refers to himself unashamedly, admitting the autobiographical aspect of the book. Although this sort of thing tends to fall flat on its face, Kundera carries it off, mainly because of his honesty and humility.

Secondly, Kundera's world. He manages to make a fairly ordinary tale fantastic, with his use of language. The feeling is one of wonder at a world which is familiar in its details, but not in the way that we relate to it through the story. I think this is down to the author's depiction of character; we see through the characters' eyes, from a viewpoint which is strange to us.

It's not a particularly easy book to read - but then the best books never are.
Rating: 10.0 rating of 10.0
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