Saturday, May 12, 2007
SFiFF2007 - Emma's Bliss (Emmas Glück)
I am delighted by the unique characters in "Emma's Bliss" ("Emmas Glück," Germany 2006, 99 min., shown at the 50th SFiFF), and I wonder what I would do in situations like in this film.
Emma is a lonely and eccentric girl struggling to pay off her debt for her pig farm. She refuses her police admire but falls in love with a stranger, Max. Max is dying from cancer so he stole a Jaguar and wants to die in Mexico. But instead he crashes into Emma's farm. Now, Emma gets involved in Max's situation.
The film is full of light humors while raising some serious questions about life and death. What's more important in life and how should we die if we can't win the battle with diseases? Emma definitely has her own views and answers. This is a refreshing character and terrifically played by Jördis Triebel. Emma seems to have so much energy, love, and happiness to share with you, till your death, even you are a pig on her farm.
Because the focal point of this film is to study the character of Emma, I forgive the sloppiness of the plot at the beginning of this film. Stealing a car and crashing it into Emma's farm? Nonsense.