2015 TGHFF Special Feature | Of Cities: Two Friends
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The Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival is here! <2015 TGHFF Special Feature> is Pinkoi Zine’s very own watchlist written for design and film fanatics. TGHFF runs between 11/5~11/26 and is Taiwan’s most influential film festival. To celebrate, every Wednesday and Friday we’ll introduce you a Golden Horse film in one of the three themes: Of Cities, Of People, and Of Colors. Tune in and join Pinkoi Zine celebrating TGHFF!
Oh, Paris. In the movie <Two Friends>, Paris is not the sunny, romantic Paris that make our hearts race. Instead, it is a melancholy, cool-toned backdrop to a murky love triangle between two guys and a girl. Their relationships slowly unfold from place to place in the City of Love. (Note: There will be small bits of spoiler!)
In the streets of Paris, love and friendship has gotten tangled up between the beautiful and enigmatic Mona, guileless actor Clement, and good-natured valet Abel.
From a prison to a hotel, their story took six turns as we followed them through 6 scenes of the city.
1. The prison: Mona’s Secret
A dark-skinned woman with deep-set eyes and black wavy hair was showering. Against the bare white tiles of the communal showers in a prison, Mona looked detached and troubled, weighed down by dark secrets.
With such a direct introduction to Mona, we began to sense her troubles, and wanted to know more about her, and why she is here.
2. Train station coffee stand: Mona and Clement
At the train station where Mona works at a coffee stand, travelers and customers flooded the hall. The reflection of a big clock in the center of the station dropped on the shiny floor, and there we saw Clement hiding behind his mustache behind a column, peeking at Mona, his face filled with adoration.
We felt this scene implied an unstable relationship between Mona and Clement, and it was clear who was dominant.
3. The station platform: Abel
While Mona was waiting for her train after work, Clement approached her with his buddy Abel, both determined to help Clement win Mona. However, when introverted Clement and charismatic Abel stood next to each other, things took an unexpected turn…....
The platform is where Mona, Clement and Abel all met for the first time, and this is when the story took a turn. We got a deeper look into Mona’s struggles, her angst, as well as seeds of change.
4. Empty cafe: Mona and Abel
In an empty coffee shop, Mona put away all the chairs and tables and danced to her heart’s content. As Abel, the only audience, sat watching from the corner at this girl who’s suppressed herself for so long, he felt something inside him shifting as well.
We finally got to see the happy, carefree side of Mona as she let down her barriers and let something go.
5. Dance club: The Triangle
We were mesmerized by this dance scene where every line has been blurred, just like the love triangle that grew murkier by the moment.
6. Hotel: The Truth
Ending the story at a hotel, where things were clearly about to happen, was perplexing, but also logical because confusion is exactly how the love triangle has left us hanging.
How would you choose between love and friendship?
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