Plot "The City of Perfect Beauty" movie commentary copy
Plot "The City of Perfect Beauty" movie commentary copy
If the meaning of life is to realize a beautiful moment
then does life after this moment have meaning?
The first act of the movie starts with a cannon.
Next is the atmosphere of the Roman landscape.
A beautiful choral soundtrack with a Japanese speaking guide
Bells echoing over the monument.
Tourists gather around the fountain.
A tourist is admiring the beautiful scenery.
After a contented smile, his life comes to an abrupt end
From the very beginning of the movie
The air of high society will fill your vision.
Loud dance floor
Colorful crowd and all-night party
Jep is the promoter of this party.
He was the birthday boy for the night.
A playboy who just turned 65 years old
When he was young he aspired to be the king of Rome's high society
And he's already achieved his wish.
All he needs to do now is to throw his life away in endless glory and wealth
After a night of hangovers
Jep stopped by the garden pond
Lost in the laughter of the little girls in the convent
The only thing that kept his life in flux today
is the sea that he sees when he looks at the ceiling.
Forty years ago on that sea
He met the love of his life, Eliza.
From the moment he saw Eliza
Jep's life changed.
Everything he did from then on was an extension of that new trajectory.
Jep once penned a middle grade novel
It won the prestigious literary award of the year.
And he became famous for it.
But after that, he never wrote anything else.
Japp then chose to become a journalist covering a variety of artistic and religious figures
He worked for a high-end magazine whose clients were the rich and famous.
Interviewing inexplicable people.
Writing about inconsequential things
entertaining his high-end readers
A performance artist who banged his head against a wall in an interview
He's talking about how he resonates with the world.
Japp wanted to know what resonance was.
What do you mean by vibration?
How can I describe vibration to you in vulgar terms?
describe vibration to you?
I don't know. Try me.
I'm an artist. I don't need to explain shit.
Jep's friend Roman is a small-time screenwriter.
He's in love with an actress who uses him as a driver.
He's not even a spare tire.
In her mind
In her mind, the man who came to Rome 40 years ago to pursue his dream
In her mind, this man who has been in Rome for 40 years and still lives in a student apartment is a loser.
Romain is always trying to find a way to prepare a theater production.
Although Jep likes to make fun of his friend's understanding of the art of theater.
But he helped him in any way he could.
Through his connections, he was able to secure a three-day slot at the theater.
Unfortunately, his goddess refused to play
After the first time he met her
The girl friend shyly wanted to share her nude photos with Jep
Jep quietly left while the girl friend was getting her computer
Jep suddenly realizes that a purely materialistic life is so boring
He felt he could no longer do things he didn't like.
He walks from Navona Square at night
He walks from Navona Square at night to the Tiber River in the early morning.
He liked to walk alone in the city
Watching the flow of everything
He looks back on his arrival in Rome 40 years ago with the dream of entering high society.
And he succeeded in that.
But it seems he is trapped again.
In ancient Rome
In the endless parties
With the false boasting of the so-called high society
One day on his way home
The hero runs into an old man waiting at the door
He brings bad news.
The love of Jep's life, Eliza, has died.
The old man is Eliza's husband.
He found Jep through his late wife's diary
It turns out that Alisa was married to her husband all these years
But her heart had always been in Jep's body
The diary is all about her and Jep's young life
Her husband was just a "good companion" in her writing.
Jep thinks of his first love Eliza late at night
And dreamed that he was on top of his life, but he was nothing.
The strange woman's child is nowhere to be found.
The little one is hiding in the bottom of the temple
looked up and asked Jaap
Who are you?
Who am I?
-I am... -No, you're no one.
-Francesca? - No one? But I...
He also wants to know who he is.
Where he came from and where he's going
At a party.
A female novelist complained about the numbness of people's lives.
She was boasting about how serious and noble she was.
There was a lot of embarrassment.
Japp told her to stop talking.
We all know what you're about.
The novelist was still trying to argue her case.
Jep had to expose the truth under her many examples
and told her
We're all just wasting our time together.
Instead of mocking us, you should share our feelings.
The novelist, who had been so proud of herself, was speechless.
She got up and left the room in anger.
Jep wandered through the streets of Rome.
He saw all kinds of despair and uncertainty
Until he meets Ramona, who is still stripping in her middle age.
Ramona is the daughter of a club owner.
But she insists on dancing to earn a living.
Inside her extremely sexy body
Her extremely sexy body is wrapped in the innocence and stubbornness of a little girl
The club owner doesn't understand why his daughter is so short of money.
The money she earns as abstinent as she is is always disappearing in secret
During the conversation
Jep became curious about Ramona.
She was unlike anyone in high society that Jaap knew.
Ramona is like a mystery.
The next day, Jep arrives at Ramona's house.
Hoping to become friends with each other.
The kind of friends that are not sexual and pure.
They meet the duchess's son at lunch.
His neuroticism becomes more and more obvious.
He had even painted his body red before.
He had a long beard and unruly hair, but his eyes shone brightly.
He asks Jep
What will you do when death comes to your door tonight?
Ramona listened to the man's question with unease
Jep told him not to think so much
Some things are too complicated for us to understand
But he said that just because you don't understand doesn't mean others don't understand
Jep was speechless
Survival is accidental but death is inevitable.
This conclusion makes life seem meaningless.
Parents at a party canceling their daughter's rare playtime with her peers
Cruelly demanding that the child paint despite her howls and wails.
Watching her slam paint onto the canvas
The whole room sighs at the tragedy of the child
Without any hope for the "fate" of the huge canvas
Instead, the girl transformed it into a starry sky with her bare hands
Jep, with the help of his best friend, showed Ramona the most beautiful buildings of Rome
and the most precious works of art
The dim light gives a silent and indiscriminate appearance to the time
Ramona smiled for the first time
Happy as a child.
The time seemed so much more alive
While they were lingering in the beautiful garden.
The duchess' son was accelerating and closing his eyes to suicide
Before preparing for the funeral
Jep preached to Ramona his theory of acting
How to show sadness without overwhelming the family
At the funeral, Japp practiced his theory perfectly.
He warmed the duchess with a gentle whisper
Afterwards, he stood in a corner where everyone could see him and showed his sadness.
But as everyone carried the coffin away together
Jep felt the burden of death that he would eventually face
He cried with real sorrow.
Ramona finally revealed a secret she had never told anyone.
All the money she had earned had been spent on medical care.
Her life was about to go down to zero.
That's why she felt uneasy about death.
The love for Ramona has made Jep no longer able to see the sea
Only the seagulls and the waves sang lazily.
Ramona's life died with the song.
The duchess had lost her last relative.
She was left alone with her large mansion.
She sold the family fortune and went to Africa as a volunteer.
Romain's theater performance
August is ending without rain
September has not yet begun
I am so ordinary
But don't worry
To the applause of Romain, who had fulfilled a long-held dream
His beloved actress left the stage without a backward glance
Jep walks in the baths of Caracalla
There was a giraffe here.
It's his magician friend's final rehearsal for the giraffe's disappearance tomorrow.
There is no way to find support for survival
The burden of death cannot be avoided
Then the search for the nothingness of death becomes the last request.
Then let me disappear too.
Jep, do you think if I could really make people disappear?
Would I still be doing this trick at my age?
It's just a trick.
Román is leaving Rome.
He's fulfilling his dream and losing his love.
Just like Jaap did.
The only person Roman could say goodbye to was Jep.
When he turned around again the giraffe was gone
Unfortunately, it was just a trick.
Jep goes to visit Alisa's husband.
He wanted to read Eliza's diary.
Only to be told that the diary had been discarded.
And the man is ready for a night of drinks with his new girlfriend.
Jep knows that all the strings in his life are broken.
He had lost interest in the party that was just around the corner.
He says to the woman
This is what my life has become.
Emptiness became the inescapable conclusion of his life.
He saw the wall of pictures on his friend's estate.
At first, the man's father took his picture.
Until the old man died and he took pictures of himself.
It was like watching a long river flowing through his past.
Jep burst into tears for a while
One day the lady boss told the man
There is a highly respected senior nun
She was coming to Rome to receive an honor.
She had read the book you had written and loved it.
The two decide to arrange a reception and interview with the nun at the man's house.
Her assistant was talking incessantly.
Explaining that the purpose of the nun's visit
To climb the steps of St. John's Cathedral on both knees.
At 104, she insists on sleeping on the floor.
In contemporary parlance, she has become a laughing stock.
In the morning light, the balcony is filled with flamingos before their migration.
The nuns face the Roman birds perched quietly
The Colosseum is placed under the unlit sky
Why don't you write books anymore?
I was looking for an unparalleled beauty.
I didn't find it.
Do you know why I only eat the roots of trees?
I don't know.
Because roots are important.
The nuns laugh and blow with a breath
The flocks of flamingos rose up.
They flew away towards the sunrise.
It was like a revelation to Jaap.
Back to the island where he met Alisa
The beauty of Rome is not limited to the magnificent architecture
But also the light shadows of the eyes
The corners of her mouth
One summer many years ago
The young Jep and the young Alisa were standing under the lighthouse.
The young girl smiled gently at the helpless young man
Jaap saw a city of great beauty.
The beams of light from the lighthouse lit up his eyes
It was the desire of youth, the dream of innocence.
Only then did Jaap understand what beauty is
It is the power that lurks
When Jep thought that the decaying and powerless
When Jep thought that the things that were dying had gradually lost their beauty
He realized that the real loss of beauty was actually his own
Forty years later, this time and this moment were one.
His novel would begin again.
He will no longer look for it, he will create it.
It is only then that we find out from all the glitz and glamour
Jaap has left us with a question to which he may have found an answer
If the meaning of a life is the realization of a moment of beauty
then is there any meaning in life after that moment?
Maybe these things in the film that are so full of life
can give us an answer
The flamingo on the balcony of a centenarian
The giraffe of the circus master
The ordinary photos taken by the photographer every day
What made him dream for decades
The moment when his first love takes off his clothes for him.
The beautiful light is wild and capricious.
The so-called beauty is like a deception to us.
True beauty does not exist on the surface.
It is out of reach.
Though it cannot be reached
but the heart yearns for it
We spend our lives in pursuit of beauty.
The beauty that is seen, blooms and then disappears.
The moments of life we define can never take away the meaning of the rest of our lives.
For the flower of life is beautiful in itself.
It always blooms before the final bell rings.
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