GODDESS OF 1967, THE (SE): DVD
JM (Rikiya Kurokawa), a young Tokyo salaryman is obsessed with owning a Citroen DS (The Goddess), finds a 1967 model via the internet - in Australia. When he arrives to collect it, he finds the owner and his wife shot dead. A young blind woman, BG (Rose Byrne) is guarding a small child. But the car is there, although she says it really belongs to someone else, and she persuades him to take her there, a long drive in the outback. On the way, they confront their respective pasts, which for BG means recalling her troubled relationships with her mother (Elise McCredie) and abusive grandfather (Nicholas Hope). For him, a painful memory.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Clara Law is an artist at film, as distinct perhaps from a filmmaker whose primary ambition is to excite teenagers, say. Law's vision is always challenging and unique; her images on the screen are representative as much as naturalistic, and she plays with definition, colour, angle and motion. She sometimes jump cuts mid-scene, sometimes lingers....
If you saw her 1996 feature, Floating Life, you'd know how starkly she can paint Australian settings. In The Goddess of 1967, Law takes that stark view of suburbia into the outback, but this time her story is dense, multi-layered and (to me) inscrutable. While I don't pretend to understand everything in The Goddess of 1967, I do recognise that the way she draws together several elements is unique.
So is the filmmaking style. As artists are wont to say, it is not for them to explain their works, but for us to interpret them for ourselves, each of us with our own unique set of (rose coloured, blue, green, red...) glasses. My take is that Law has assembled a romance of sorts around a fascination for details about the DS model of Citroen which she found symbolic. (Not sure of what.)
But the elements of the story are spliced together from a variety of sources so the final result is rather like a montage that, seen from a distance as a whole, may carry some meaning, but each individual part is made of something different. Despite the cinematic flourish, it doesn't quite work and the perfunctory ending is a disappointment. The story itself is simply a road, but the real action is taking place on the fields either side of it.
DVD also includes making of featurette, trailer, photo gallery and filmographies.
Published August 25, 2005
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GODDESS OF 1967, THE (SE): DVD (MA)
CAST: Rose Byrne, Rikiya Kurokawa, Nicholas Hope, Elise McCredie
PRODUCER: Eddie Ling-Ching Fong
DIRECTOR: Clara Law
SCRIPT: Eddie Ling-Ching Fong, Clara Law
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Dion Beebe
EDITOR: Kate Williams
MUSIC: Jen Anderson
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Nicholas McCallum
RUNNING TIME: 118 minutes
PRESENTATION: Widescreen 16 x 9
SPECIAL FEATURES: Making of featurette; trailer; filmographies; photo gallery;
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Fox Home Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: August 24, 2005