“Dearest,I feel certain that I m going mad again
I feel we cant go through another of these terrible times
And I ~shan’t recover this time
I begin to hear voices, and cant concentrate
So ~I m doing what seems to be the best thing to do
U have given me the greatest possible happiness
U have been in every way all that anyone could be
I know that I m spoiling ur life
And without me u could work
And u will I know
U see I cant even write this properly
What I want to say is that I owe all the happiness of my life to u
U have been entirely patient with me
And incredibly good
Everything s gone from me but the certainty of ur goodness
I cant go on spoiling ur life any longer
I don’t think two people could have been happier than we have been”
Virginia

·以下均来自IMBd http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0274558/quotes

This art movie is in autobiography way. It adapts the life of British
writer Virginia Woolf, also with her famous work 《Mrs. Dalloway》. In
some introductions, this movie is usually pasted with key words
‘Feminism’ and ‘Lesbianism’ . However, I don’t think great works like
this one can only be defined by one ‘-ism’. It is more like to tell
humanities, to reveal real and common feelings of all creatures.

三人出场•3 heroine

·个人所喜有 ~※~ 标记,很多。

The film tells three different women’s lives in one single day. As
Virginia said, a woman’s whole life, just in one single day. They have
connections and their experiences can be regarded as comparisons. I want
to explain it through some typical objects or scenes in this film.

以前没有注意的是 三个人的首次出场都是由伴侣的出现引入的
都是早晨
都是床上
都是不平静的醒来
面对死亡
小说中的 别人的 自己的
Virginia以她想出了她的第一句话挑衅丈夫成功
“She ll buy the flowers herself”
Clarissa说
“I ll buy the flowers myself”
Laura没有
她丈夫为她买了

Vanessa Bell: Virginia.
Virginia Woolf: Leonard thinks it’s the end of civilization: People who
are invited at 4 and arrive at 2:30.
Vanessa Bell: Oh God.
Virginia Woolf: Barbarians.

The first, Flowers. Virginia in 1923 started her novel with the
sentence: Mrs. Dalloway said…she would buy the flowers…herself. Please
pay attention on the last word ‘Herself’. It remarks the original of
Feminism. Women are beginning to aware that they have the desire to do
something on their own. In Virginia’s day, her maid bought blue flowers.
In 1951, an American woman, who is a young mother with a son Richard and
baby in venter. Her husband bought her yellow roses even it is the man’s
birthday. She feels upset because she even couldn’t buy flowers by
herself. It seems like that everything, even the simplest thing she
wants to do are all out of her hand. In 2001, this time is more
progressive, the third woman Clarissa Vaughan lives with her girlfriend
Sally and they have been together for ten years. Among these three women
from different times, only Clarissa put forward she wanted to buy
flowers herself and she did. It is a pity that I can’t figure out these
three types of flowers since I feel there could be some special meanings
in different types of flowers.

三位访客•3 visitors/3 parties

Leonard Woolf: If I didn’t know you better I’d call this ingratitude.
Virginia Woolf: I am ungrateful? You call ME ungrateful? My life has
been stolen from me. I’m living in a town I have no wish to live in…
I’m living a life I have no wish to live… How did this happen?

The second, Shoes. In 1941, Virginia drowned herself in the river out of
her house. When she is floating away with water, the shoes are left
behind. In 1952, Laura is going to kill herself in the hotel. She sits
on the edge of bed, and puts feet out of shoes slowly. In 2001, after
the conversation with Richard’s mother, Laura, Clarissa goes back to her
bedroom, takes off the shoes. Shoes, in this film, represents prison to
these women, or to say it exactly, they are chains which wrap humans
tightly. Once they take off their shoes, they could finally put
everything away.

他们带来了一些欢愉
却也让她们濒临崩溃
Its contrast

~※※~ (这段太精彩了)
Virginia Woolf: I’m dying in this town.
Leonard Woolf: If you were thinking clearly, Virginia, you would recall
it was London that brought you low.
Virginia Woolf: If I were thinking clearly? If I were thinking
clearly?
Leonard Woolf: We brought you to Richmond to give you peace.
Virginia Woolf: If I were thinking clearly, Leonard, I would tell you
that I wrestle alone in the dark, in the deep dark, and that only I can
know. Only I can understand my condition. You live with the threat, you
tell me you live with the threat of my extinction. Leonard, I live with
it too.

The third, Kiss. In 1923, Virginia kissed her sister Nessa. Nessa was
scared and hard to console Virginia, she left in a way more like
escaping. In 1951, Laura kissed her neighbor Kitty. Kitty also left her,
but in peace, not awkward. In 2001, Clarissa kissed Sally and only this
woman didn’t walk away. It reveals the progress of Feminism and maybe
also Lesbianism. However, what I want to argue is that under the
Feminism and Lesbianism, which viewers can see outside, it is humanity.
I notice details when they kiss. Nessa looked hesitated to when she came
and to give a kiss on the cheek. She was looking at Virginia’s lips,
very strange, and then kissed on her cheek. Kitty looked at Laura and
eyes show her desire entirely, maybe just for comfort, but she did need
that kiss. People who were kissed did need and long for kiss, but they
were scared when the kiss came true. Virginia and Laura gave their
kisses with whole courage, but reality treated them cruelly. That’s why
they became disappointed and tried to escape after kissing. It is tragic
that people can’t admit their desire and need, escaping from own heart,
like Nessa and Kitty. It is, more tragic, that people who have finally
adapted their own and be brave to show their desires, couldn’t be
accepted by this world, like Virginia and Laura.

三个亲吻•3 kisses

~※~
Virginia Woolf: This is my right; it is the right of every human being.
I choose not the suffocating anesthetic of the suburbs, but the violent
jolt of the Capital, that is my choice. The meanest patient, yes, even
the very lowest is allowed some say in the matter of her own
prescription. Thereby she defines her humanity. I wish, for your sake,
Leonard, I could be happy in this quietness.
[pause]
Virginia Woolf: But if it is a choice between Richmond and death, I
choose death.

When Laura and Richard are going to make a cake for Dan, Laura says, we
are baking the cake to show him that we love him. Then Richard asks
‘Otherwise he won’t know we love him?’. Laura gives answer ‘Yes’. It
sets me thinking a lot. Love is an emotion, a feeling, but still needs
to show. People show love through kisses, hugs, touches. It is necessary
and very important. Although some people would ignore this in daily
life, which quite reduces their happiness.

Laura的吻也许是情难自禁的安慰
Virginia的吻是压抑绝望的索取(原来不性感)
Clarissa的吻才真正是深情款款的爱意

~※~~※~ (其中有点睛之句)
Clarissa Vaughn: All right Richard, do me one simple favor. Come. Come
sit.
Richard Brown: I don’t think I can make it to the party, Clarissa.
Clarissa Vaughn: You don’t have to go to the party, you don’t have to go
to the ceremony, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. You
can do as you like.
Richard Brown: But I still have to face the hours, don’t I? I mean, the
hours after the party, and the hours after that…
Clarissa Vaughn: You do have good days still. You know you do.
Richard Brown: Not really. I mean, it’s kind of you to say so, but it’s
not really true.

There are people who look like to be lonely and they seldom walk closely
to others. However, it doesn’t demonstrate that they don’t care. I think
it is a contrast between 1923 and 2001. In 1923, Nessa doesn’t invite
Virginia to her party because she thought Virginia would not come even
she invited her. Virginia said, even crazy people like to be invited.
Same in 2001, Richard refuses to attend the party which is for him and
held by Clarissa. Later Sally points out that Richard always comes to
parties even he says no. So that’s what the film wants to tell us.
People have different ways to live, to think, to feel. But one thing is
certain that people all like the feeling that they are needed and loved.
Virginia and Richard are people who are hard to express emotions, like
love, but they do own it.

三段关系•3 relationships

~※~
Virginia Woolf: You cannot find peace by avoiding life, Leonard.

At the end of the film, there is a classic rhesis said by Virginia. ‘ To
look life in the face, always to look life in the face, and to know it
for what it is. At last, to know it, to love it for what it is, and then
to put it away.’ Virginia and Richard choose death while Laura chooses
life when they all look their own lives clearly. It is a contrast. To
choose death, because they have other people’s love and they couldn’t
pay off. It is a reason when Richard said to Clarissa that he felt he
lived to satisfy her. It is a reason Richard chooses death and he can’t
bear the hours even after the party. It is a reason that Virginia can’t
live but still say thanks and love to Leonard.

共同的 奇怪的关系是
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这样的努力“不简单”也“不自由”
Laura的儿子
Virginia的丈夫
Clarissa对Richard
爱不是可以让人活下去的缘由
还有一些事情 源于自身

~※~
Clarissa Vaughn: That is what we do. That is what people do. They stay
alive for each other.

Laura also deeply knows the essence of life. She just chooses to live, a
different choice from Virginia and Richard. ‘It would be wonderful to
say you regretted it. It would be easy. But what does it mean? What does
it mean to regret when you have no choice? It’s what you can bear.’
Laura is the one who chooses to bear the hours after the ‘party’. There
are only two choices, life or death, once you know what the life is (for
people like Laura and Richard). And that is why Richard finally
understands his mother Laura. Clarissa also knows it and she forces
herself to ignore it. This is another way when faced with life. That’s
why Laura says to her ‘You are a lucky woman’.

三种死亡•3 death

~※※~ (这应该是整部电影里最沉而有意重的话…)
Virginia Woolf: Dear Leonard. To look life in the face, always, to look
life in the face and to know it for what it is. At last to know it, to
love it for what it is, and then, to put it away. Leonard, always the
years between us, always the years. Always the love. Always the hours.

The love, whether is Leonard to Virginia or Clarissa to Richard, is pure
and never asks for return. Some people would doubt that why they are
still not happy since someone loves them heart and soul. No one asks
what they want. It is the love, too heavy for them to bear. I guess even
themselves don’t what they real want, from Virginia’s behaviors. ‘ The
poetry will die.’ They live in a poetry way.

“It is possible to die
It is possible to die”
Virginia说
laura“似乎得到了许可般”
水涌出来 淹没了她
一如同样的水淹没Virginia
Virginia被打断了
“I decided to kill my heroine
But I ve changed my mind”
Laura说 我不能这么做

Clarissa Vaughn: I don’t know what’s happening to me. I seemed to be
unraveling.

So, what will you choose when the essence of life becomes clear to you?
Life or Death?

“someone has to be killed instead”
“In ur book someone has to die, why”
“Someone has to die
In order that the rest of us should value life more
Its contrast”
“and who will die”
“the poet will die
The visionary”
小男孩在沉睡
旁边是他曾经搭好又毁掉的“家”
当小男孩成了诗人
当一个人活着的全部理由是让另一个人满意
“那我死了你会不高兴吗”
“I stay alive for u
but now u have to let me go”
最后他要她再讲故事
讲她的生活
是一个美丽的早晨
一如他见到她的一个早晨
他看着她从玻璃门走出来
还困困的
Isn’t it strange
不过是the most ordinary morning in everyone’s life
是这所有ordinary的hours让他活下去
也是他不愿再面对的hours after that让他放弃活下去
想起love before sunrise里女主角说
常有人说在一起时间长了
对方的一切都知道了
就觉得腻了
可是她 知道了对方的种种细节
却开始真正的爱上
爱上梳头的动作
爱上嘴角的细纹
Isn’t it beautiful
“I don’t think two people could have been happier than we have been”
她知道这句话的出处
知道这结局是不可避免的了

Virginia Woolf: Leonard, I believe I may have a first sentence.

It is a wonderful topic about life and humanity.

正如当他听到Virginia说
“the poet will die
The visionary”

Dan Brown: The thought of this life, that’s what kept me going. I had an
idea of our happiness.

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三个话题•3 topics

Clarissa Vaughn: He gives me that look.
Julia: What look?
Clarissa Vaughn: To say your life is trivial. You are so trivial.

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The choice of the question
“what does it mean to regret
when u have no choice
its what u can bear
it was death I choose life”
整部都在讲死啊生阿
最后被老奶奶这么言简意赅的讲出来了

[in 1921]
Virginia Woolf: [writing in her book] Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy
the flowers herself.
[in 1951]
Laura Brown: [reading in bed] Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the
flowers herself.
[in 2001]
Clarissa Vaughan: Sally, I think I’ll buy the flowers myself.
[waking up]
Sally Lester: What? What flowers?
[realizing]
Sally Lester: Oh, shit! I forgot!

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The moment of happiness
“I remember thinking to myself
So this is the beginning of happiness
This is where it starts
And of course there ll always be more
It never occurred to me
It wasn’t the beginning
It was happiness
It was the moment
Right then”
还在想我是不是看过这个才有所谓
“幸福是那个时刻悲伤却只是开始”之感慨

Virginia Woolf: I’ve been attended by doctors, who inform me OF MY OWN
INTERESTS.

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The truth of life
她说如果让她在这个小镇和死亡之间选择
她选择死亡
可伦敦呢
她知道 那是疯狂
然后
是死亡
她选择令她接近死亡的疯狂
她不回避
她向往死亡但她更懂得生命
她死于忧郁症但没人像她那样描绘出生活的喜悦
“U can never find peace by avoiding life”

~※~
Richard Brown: Just wait till I die. Then you’ll have to think of
yourself. How are you going to like that?

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“to look life in the face
always to look life in the face
and to know it for what it is
at last, to know it to love it for what it is
and then, to put it away
Leonard, always the years between us
Always the years
Always the love
Always the hours”
每次看到这读到这想到这心口交界处都哽那么一下
就一下
就一下好像闪过很多东西
又好像没有

Laura Brown: We’re baking the cake to show him that we love him.
Richie Brown: Otherwise he won’t know we love him?
Laura Brown: That’s right.

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Vanessa Bell: Your aunt is a very lucky woman Angelica. She has two
lives. The life she is living, and the book she is writing.

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~※~ (隐性的压抑)
Laura Brown: Don’t worry, honey. Everything’s fine. We’re going to have
a wonderful party. We’ve made Daddy such a nice cake.

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Virginia Woolf: I can’t think of anything more exhilarating than a trip
to London.

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~※~ (before her suicide attempt)
Laura Brown: Baby. Baby, you have to be brave now.

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Richard Brown: Who is this party for?
Clarissa Vaughan: What are you asking, what are you trying to say?
Richard Brown: I’m not trying to say anything. I think I’m staying alive
just to satisfy you.

~※~
Virginia Woolf: A woman’s whole life in a single day. Just one day. And
in that day her whole life.

Kitty: Oh, you’re reading a book?
Laura Brown: Yeah.
Kitty: What’s this one about?
Laura Brown: Oh, it’s about this woman who’s incredibly – well, she’s a
hostess and she’s incredibly confident and she’s going to give a party.
And, maybe because she’s confident, everyone thinks she’s fine… but
she isn’t.

~※~ (contrast在此)
Laura Brown: It would be wonderful to say you regretted it. It would be
easy. But what does it mean? What does it mean to regret when you have
no choice? It’s what you can bear. There it is. No one’s going to
forgive me. It was death. I chose life.

Sally: Why do I always have to sit next to the exes? Is this some kind
of a hint, sweetheart? Anyway, shouldn’t the exes have a table of their
own, where they can all ex together in ex-quisite agony?

~※~
Richard Brown: Oh, Mrs. Dalloway… Always giving parties to cover the
silence.

Laura Brown: Obviously, you… feel unworthy. Gives you feelings of
unworthiness. You survive and they don’t.

Clarissa Vaughn: Why is everything wrong?

~※~
Virginia Woolf: Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should
value life more. It’s contrast.

Laura Brown: It’s a terrible thing, to outlive your entire family.

~※~
Angelica Bell: What happens when we die?
Virginia Woolf: What happens?
[pause]
Virginia Woolf: We return to the place that we came from.
Angelica Bell: I don’t remember where I came from.
Virginia Woolf: Nor do I.

Louis Waters: I know, you think am I still up for this, all this
intensity, all those arguments, doors being slammed, well, you know what
it’s like.

Virginia Woolf: Do you think I may one day escape?
Vanessa Bell: One day.

Clarissa Vaughan: Just to let you know I am making the crab thing. Not
that I imagine it makes any difference to you.
Richard Brown: Of course it makes a difference. I love the crab thing.

Julia: You can’t see that Louis Waters is weird?
Clarissa Vaughn: I can see that he’s sad.
Julia: Well. All of your friends are sad.

~※~
Clarissa Vaughn: I remember one morning getting up at dawn, there was
such a sense of possibility. You know, that feeling? And I remember
thinking to myself: So, this is the beginning of happiness. This is
where it starts. And of course there will always be more. It never
occurred to me it wasn’t the beginning. It was happiness. It was the
moment. Right then.

Virginia Woolf: Say something, Nessa! Didn’t you think I seemed
better?

Virginia Woolf: I am saying, Vanessa, that even crazy people like to be
asked.

Angelica Bell: Goodbye.
Virginia Woolf: Goodbye, little girl.

Richard Brown: We want everything, don’t we?
Clarissa Vaughn: I suppose we do.

Richard Brown: I had this wonderful notion. I took the Xanax and the
Ritalin together. It had never occurred to me!

~※~
Richard Brown: I’ve stayed alive for you. But now you have to let me
go.

Richard Brown: Would you be angry if I died?

Angelica Bell: What were you thinking about?
Virginia Woolf: I was going to kill my heroine. But I’ve changed my
mind.

~※~ (个人认为这句话起了很重要的铺垫)
Virginia Woolf: You return to what?
Vanessa Bell: Tonight. Oh, just some insufferable dinner not even you
could envy, Virginia.
Virginia Woolf: But I do.

Leonard Woolf: Do you think it’s possible that bad writing actually
attracts a higher incidence of error?

Julia: They’re all here, aren’t they? All the ghosts… All the ghosts
are assembling for the party!

Clarissa Vaughn: When I’m with him I feel… Yes, I am living. And when
I’m not with him… Yes, everything does seem sort of silly.

~※~
Virginia Woolf: Did it matter, then, she asked herself, walking toward
Bond Street. Did it matter that she must inevitably cease, completely.
All this must go on without her. Did she resent it? Or did it not become
consoling to believe that death ended absolutely? It is possible to die.
It is possible to die.

Virginia Woolf: It’s on this day. This day of all days. Her fate becomes
clear to her.

~※~
Clarissa Vaughn: He came out behind me. He put his hand on my
shoulder…”Good morning, Mrs. Dalloway.” From then on I’ve been
stuck.
Louis Waters: Stuck?
Clarissa Vaughn: Yep. With the name, I mean.

Louis Waters: The day I left him I got on a train and made my way across
Europe. I felt free for the first time in years.

Kitty: All my life I could do anything. I could do anything, really.
Except the one thing I wanted.

Virginia Woolf: I was going to kill my heroine. But I’ve changed my
mind. I fear I may have to kill someone else, instead.

~※~ (妮可·基德曼说这句话时, my heart stopped beating T T)
Virginia Woolf: Im dying in this town!

Laura Brown: I love you, sweetheart. You’re my guy.

~※~~※~
Virginia Woolf: Dearest, I feel certain that I am going mad again. I
feel I can’t go through another one of these terrible times and I shant
recover this time. I begin to hear voices and can’t concentrate so I am
doing what seems to be the best thing to do. You have given me the
greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone
could be. I know that I am spoiling your life and without me you could
work and you will, I know. You see I can’t even write this properly.
What I want to say is that I owe all the happiness of my life to you.
You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. Everything
is gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can’t go on
spoiling your life any longer. I don’t think two people could have been
happier than we have been. Virginia

~※~
Richard Brown: Like that morning, when you walked out of that old house
and you were, you were eighteen, and maybe I was nineteen. I was
nineteen years old, and I’d never seen anything so beautiful. You,
coming out of a glass door in your early morning, still sleepy. Isn’t it
strange, the most ordinary morning in anybody’s life? I’m afraid I can’t
make it to the party, Clarissa. You’ve been so good to me, Mrs.
Dalloway, I love you. I don’t think two people could have been happier
than we’ve been


借此顺便吐槽一下,书中在Clarissa家崩溃(cathartic breakdown)的是Louis
Waters而不是Clarissa。这是为了平衡梅姨与另两位的演技吗?看电影前非常期待的一幕结果变味了…
不过对电影的唯一不满不过在此罢了。

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