Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Read & be amazed by Charlene Choi's Diary!


Read? I mean, watch. Yes, the movie is mind-blowing! I seldom am impressed by Chinese show, but Diary--starring by Twins' Charlene Choi--ought to be an exception.

Before I elaborate about the film, though, I just have to turn on "Beware, (a possible) Spoiler!" alert.

The story goes this way: one girl, Winnie stays on her own. Sad & forlorn for apparent abandon by her boyfriend, Seth, she seems to have a trouble of letting go.

She seeks to find him in the office, but she is told that Seth has quitted.

Being persistent, she starts waiting at the nearby cafe to wait for a chance to see Seth (she doesn't believe Seth is no longer working for that company).

One day she mistakes one guy as Seth. His name is Ray. He corrects her that he is not Seth. Our heroine, however, has a new target to stalk: Ray. She follows him around like during shopping. Ray's impervious to the fact that he's being stalked is amazing.

Till one day, she sadly requests a one-minute talk to Ray. Our hero sees this as a classic situation of rescuing a damsel in distress. Even when she asks whether he has a girlfriend (Hong Kong girl is that straight forward?! Cool!!), he answers without hesitation, a No. I very much doubt so.

Somehow, their relationship grows closer & one evening, Winnie invites Ray for a dinner at her place.

Which means they'll later end up having sex.

In the next day, Ray seems to change to be more quiet & withdrawn. Bad sex? No comment there. Winnie too bemoans her stupidity of being so easy to fall into a relationship so, uhm, easily. (Guess this refers to the sex part).

I ish dat stoopid?!


One possibility of the worsening relationship is due to Winnie is changing her story about what happens between her & Seth. In one scenario, she says Seth breaks up with her. In another, Seth dies in an accident. In yet another, the death befalls him in form of a cancer. (Hey, I too will get fed up if my loved one keep bringing up the past & to make it worse, each time with different, creative new story of what happens to the past.)

Boring?

It's just a standard situation?

Maybe.

The plot is however made complex with Winnie is revealed as suffering schizophrenia. So the storyline I write above is based on Winnie's perception.

There are then many repetitions of similar scenes with however different dialogues. Previously it's as per what Winnie perceives to hear, now it's what's supposed to be in reality.

For example, when Winnie asks to see Seth in that company. The receptionist actually replies that there's no such person in the company.

So now it's thrilling as questions are raised: what actually happens to Seth? Who is actually Winnie's friend, Yvonne, who visits her regularly? Are they--Seth & Yvonne--real? Or are they just Winnie's delusion?

And of course, what actually happens to Ray?

I love how the show manages to arouse audience's curiousity & how the show is focusing mainly on the main character, Winnie. (Just like in the movie, Phone Booth. Heh).

Charlene Choi acted brilliantly. Her anguish & anxiety, worry & disappointment, surprise & wonder--all were presented sensibly. Her fear as she suffers the recurrent fits of schizophrenias seems so real(Three situations were shown: she hides under the table as the whole room seemingly shaken by an earthquake, she creates a puppet as in the background, a giant puppet unnaturally walking past her *shudder*, she curls herself in the sofa as a large, dark cloud seeping into the window towards her).

Can't help to feel sympathy to those suffering schizoprenia. And determine to shoot myself in the mouth if I ever suffer similar illness. Personal preference, for sure.

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