In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic consequences to each other.
Tony Leung Ka Fai,
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In 16th century Venice, courtesans enjoy unique privileges: dressed richly in red, they read, compose poetry and music, and discuss affairs of state with the men who govern the Republic. When Veronica Franco comes of age, she cannot marry Marco Venier, whom she loves, because she is well born but penniless. Her choice: cloister or courtesan. She steels her heart, and with beauty and intelligence becomes the best. She's a heroine when she helps convince France to aid Venice in war with Turkey, but when plague descends, the Church charges her with witchcraft. At her inquisition, she must match wits with an old rival, speak for all women, and call courage from Venier. Written by
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May sing... and rhyme... and more. Still... is at best a slut... with every horny mutt! You pride yourself on arts and letters, and fucking best your manly betters!
I save the goodly wives of Venice from their husbands' lustful menace!
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This is, well, yeah, a chick flick, but plenty of male friends have seen it and not complained...much.
I watch this when I feel just a little blue and it's great. Good story, if not strong, wonderful scenery and costumes, good acting, lots of sensuality and some humor.
The Inquisition scenes will make any history buff roll their eyes so remember to just suspend disbelief and enjoy.
It's a fairly honest look at women in the 16th century, if viewed through feminist eyes. Some surprising actors turn out beautifully.
Only bad thing is, I hate this about movies and books; doesn't it get a little old when the lead female makes EVERY man fall in love or lust with her? Shouldn't there be just one who likes petite brunettes or tall redheads? it's just a thought, but this is a fantasy, and fantasies often work that way.
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