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did he know? April 4, 2007

Posted by jenniferlewk in bound.
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I didn’t like Bound. I read up the reviews about it, and Ebert loved the “skillfill filmaking,” saying that, “Bound” is one of those movies that works you up, wrings you out and leaves you gasping. It’s pure cinema, spread over several genres.” Tod McCarthy for Variety.com coversly writes, “Novelty of having two sultry babes hook up with each other while pulling a fast one on some mobsters wears thin before becoming ludicrously contrived.” How can two such esteemed critics have such diverse opinions? One thinks the film is profound with hot, steamy sex (that comes later in the review), and the other thinks it is overdone. I’m really interested as to what you guys will say in class tomorrow…I hated the movie–not because I found it contrived or overdone–I hated it because of its violence. These mob scenes seemed realistic for me; instead of gangsta style Scarface, I was faced with blood-staining- finger- pulling horror in the bathroom.

I’m trying to step back from the film to analyze it, but I am having a lot of trouble just because the violent scenes keep coming to mind. I suppose one scene that did catch my eye was the scene when Cesar walks in and interrupts Gina and Tillie on the couch. Initially, it seems as though Cesar doesn’t believe that cheating can be done with a woman–it doesn’t even cross his eye that his girlfriend, Violet, could be bi or a lesbian. He notices that the other subject in question is a girl, and immediately calms down. However, he makes sure to shake Corky’s hand and then smells his hand, the first hint that he does in fact know what is going on. After he smells her hand, he says, “you must be good with your hands. When do you get off?” His comments are supposed to refer to her handiwork; however, I can’t help but think that this man (who is portrayed as being a pretty smart con/mafia man) does not know what is going on. I personally think that he does not want to admit to himself or to them that his girlfriend would cheat on him with (gasp!) another woman. I think it is a personal affront to his masculinity and one he does not want to face in the beginning of the film.

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1. andyw - April 4, 2007

I missed him smelling his hand, although I thought it interesting that there was a mediated transference of Violet’s vaginal fluid, or (what might be termed) her sex. Remember also that she later criticizes Caesar for not being able to give her what Corky can. Thus, possibly, the scene of smelling isn’t yet a recognition (for something that he has never before encountered). Perhaps, and interesting implications abound, this is actually the first time he does encounter her sex, and so it is an unusual smell for him. Of course, the explanations aren’t incompatible (making it even less comprehensible to him that it was her sex: a woman had done what he had never been able to do)

Would it be possible to post the scene online here?


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