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  • 26th Apr, 2005 at 12:14 PM

Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

elliptic_curve's stated goal for yesterday was to get a haircut. I took some final shots of her wonderfully braided locks and then she left me for the great outdoors. Meanwhile, I hacked at home on a bug that was particularly pesky.

I eventually realised that it was pesky because of how that section of code was designed. So I've rearranged things and am trying very hard to make sure I haven't broken anything.

We met up at aeon_of_maat's shiatsu practise. She had introduced me to this place, but I never went when she was in town. I showed up rather late for my 17:00 appointment but everything seemed to work out pretty well. Afterwards I just sat in the waiting room on an awesome couch and wrote in my notebook.

Time came and went and I nodded off sometime through elliptic_curve's massage session. I note that my sleep has been pretty off-kilter for the past week or so and I'm falling back into microsleeping. I resolve to fix this by sleeping more at night and taking naps during the day.

Julie and her new haircut
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

After massage, it was off to dinner and then to see a film. Man, Nobody knows was incredibly sad. I had real difficulty sitting through it because it was so powerfully barren. I can definitely see why Yûya Yagira won Best Actor at Cannes, he's a real study in maturity. I moped around for a while after the film until the feeling of crushing despair evaporated. It's going to be a while before I watch another film like that.

We sat around in a coffee shop for a while, just shooting the breeze. There was some additional photography, where I grasped hopelessly at capturing the awesomeness of elliptic_curve's new hair. We soon tired and decided to head home.


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26th Apr, 2005 16:32 (UTC)
I rather enjoyed "Nobody Knows". It's certainly relentlessly sad, but I compensated by appreciating how well made it is. Much of it is shot very close-up in a crowded apartment, with lots of emphasis on the kids' faces, their boredom, and what they manage to do to keep going. I thought they did rather well for themselves for quite some time, before their situation became too oppressive for them and they descended into squalour.

The little stuffed bunny carried a nice bit of recurring symbolism.

It is difficult to put into words how I felt about their mother.
26th Apr, 2005 16:38 (UTC)
I had real trouble right from the start when Akira realised how long they were going to have to live on the money that was left. After that point, the movie became really difficult to watch.

As for the mother, I think "inconsiderate" is the best understatement that I can come up with.
26th Apr, 2005 16:48 (UTC)
Ah, I had no sense of scale for the purchasing power of the Yen until I looked it up after having seen the film, so the amounts didn't mean anything to me while watching. I assumed it couldn't have been very much, though.

Inconsiderate indeed. She struck me as being extraordinarily flakey right from the beginning. Her interactions with the kids were all right, but there was just something about her that made her seem a little too childish. It worked...

I read somewhere that a good chunk of the children's dialogue in the apartment was largely improvised by them, presumably with some guidance by the director. This amazes me.
26th Apr, 2005 16:45 (UTC)
I watched Nobody Knows as well. However I have difficulty sitting through it because it's about 60 mins too long, and for that reason the emotional impact is lessened.
26th Apr, 2005 21:25 (UTC)
WOW. That's a huge hair change! So awesome!
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