"Exodus" is Peng Haoxiang's golden period of creation, and the score is not too high. 2010's "Zhi Ming and Chun Jiao" currently maintains a score of 8.0 on the Internet, while the 2007 "Exodus" that shining at the Toronto Film Festival only has a score of 7.1, which is higher than the 7.5 score of the short film set "Broken Things" released in the same year. It should be lower. But it has to be said that "Exodus" is Peng Haoxiang's pinnacle work, an innovation and bloom after summing up all the previous film experiences.
While watching the film, many people still wait for Peng Haoxiang’s cleverness in the movie, using those nonchalant cleverness to make fun of them, using reversal to achieve leapfrogging and intertextuality of genre elements, and the provocation and Excitement is the profound aspect of Peng Haoxiang's previous works, which gives people an impact. But in "Exodus", Peng Haoxiang chose to be slow and restrained. Those little cleverness only flickered at the beginning, and then the theme continued to rise, from the individual to the collective, and then from the team to the society.
Only from the huge title of "Exodus"Can see Peng Haoxiang's ambition. From a young age, Hao Xiang always wondered why women often go to the bathroom together and stay for a long time. He came to the conclusion that "women are plotting to murder men in the bathroom."
From such an "absurd" ideaStart. Some people believe that this is Peng Haoxiang’s distrust in the relationship between men and women, which caused this fear of feelings to transform into fear of women, and the story of "Exodus" was born from this. This is actually only half of the truth.
Looking at "Exodus" in a small way, it can indeed be interpreted as an allegorical film describing the relationship between the sexes. But in fact, judging from the first scene of the film, the relationship between people is only the first level. The male protagonist Zhan Jianye played by Ren Dahua is a policeman who has been employed for more than 20 years, and the boss behind the incident is also a policeman. Yu. The first act of the film slowly pulls from the head of Queen Elizabeth. A group of people in diving suits are beating a man in the police station.
Exaggerated scene design, but also slow The processing of the lens all presents a sense of "absurdity". Just like the source of Peng Haoxiang’s creativity, he leads from absurdity to another absurdity.
At the end of the film, Zhan Jianye told him, " There is something in this world that is ridiculous to a certain extent that no one believes it, but it does not mean that it really does not exist", the meaning of the film is fully revealed. Zhan Jianye was originally a rigid person, and seeing his colleagues wearing slippers in the office will make them He is unhappy. He is a good old man in the police station and a reliable support in the eyes of his wife.
But Guan Bingwen, a little character played by Zhang Jiahui, uses an "absurd" confession. TaraInto the "reality". Guan Bingwen secretly took photos in the women's bathroom and heard that several women were plotting to kill a man. Candid photos were taken to find evidence of women's organized killing of men.
whether it is Jianye Zhan or The audience who have just entered the atmosphere of the film are undoubtedly doubtful of Guan Bingwen's rhetoric. But soon, the confessionLost, his colleague asked Zhan Jianye to record a confession to Guan Bingwen again. Guan Bingwen's painting style changed suddenly, and he fearfully said that he was "perverted" and had no plot to murder. He secretly photographed him just to satisfy his own desires.
temporarily changed his statement, Let Zhan Jianye, who is usually old-school and rigidHe started investigating the case as if he was suddenly caught in a demon. As the story progressed, he discovered that this secret organization really existed, and the core figure of the organization was actually a high-level police officer, and his wife who loved him was also involved. During the investigation, people kept putting pressure on Zhan Jianye or throwing out various temptations. At the end of the film, Jianye Zhan, who was suppressed for more than 20 years and failed to get promoted, finally got the opportunity of a promotion interview. He learned the secret of the organization, but eventually gave up revealing it for various reasons. He started to "hiccup" during the interview.
In the first interrogation process, Guan Bingwen jokingly said that a woman would use a kind of poison, and the other party would be poisoned after a hundred hiccups. Die. Undoubtedly, "Exodus" is another transformation of Peng Haoxiang. He continues to use his cleverness to attract audiences, but he no longer relies on them so much.The deep stuff is wrapped outside the heart of the plot, creating a strange effect that is the only one.
Why is it called "Exodus". Those familiar with the story of Moses must understand that the key is to "go out" and escape from the land of slavery controlled by the Pharaoh. To Canaan, the promised land of freedom. In the film, policeman Zhan Jianye and his wife Zhang Fang, who had joined the organization, actually hope to "out of" slavery and control.
The film shakes all the puzzles in the last 10 minutes. The existence of the organization and the identity of his wife Zhang Fang. Two subsequent scenes were impressive. As the core figure of the organization, Zhang Fang killed countless people, but on the way after the action met a good policeman Zhan Jianye, she believed that the other party was one of the few The good man is "Moses" who rescued her from leaving. But the next scene is Zhan Jianye and Guan Bingwen’s wife Pan Xiaoyuan singing in KTV. The two are affectionate and sing the classic song "Small Town Events" thoughtfully. The depressed and rigid Zhan Jianye finally showed a long-lost smile and relaxation.
At this time, Zhan Jianye is already Physically double derailed Pan Xiaoyuan, and Pan Xiaoyuan also loves his dead husband Guan Bingwen. At the end of the film, Zhang Fang, the wife who lost "Moses", finally affirmed the organization's approach and determined to kill others.
God is here, God is gone again We always thought that the other party was the god who brought us out of the "red sea" of emotions, but in the end we discovered that the other party was also a spy sent by the Pharaoh and a traitor. Zhan Jianye was investigating the case and after encountering Zhang Fang, his whole person gradually changed. From nervousness to tension. Relaxed, from unsmiling to blushing heartbeat. Zhang Fang's "doing nothing" made him completely relieved of the burden. And the "burden" that Zhan Jianye needs to lay down, the "Pharaoh" in his world is the second theme of the film.
In fact, Zhan Jianye is second When Guan Bingwen was interrogated the second time, this theme had already been secretly exerted. In the interrogation room, the camera gradually pulled back, and the window of the interrogation room was completely dark, as if a group of people were monitoring their every move.
and the impressive police station The stairs, the transparent glass with complex structure, are very much like the "circular open building" mentioned in Foucault's "Discipline and Punishment", used to monitor prisoners.
It is a concrete representation of the power structure Everyone was monitored, controlled, and suppressed. Zhan Jianye wanted to leave here and wanted to become a responsible representative in the police station, but the pursuit and persistence of the truth finally cost him the price of not being promoted for 20 years. In the end, in the face of various pressures and temptations, Zhan Jianye began to commit adultery with femme fatale and began to deceive and even threaten his wife.
He finally became the person he once hated. He changed from Moses to the believer of Pharaoh and entered the society full of absurd rules. He also put on slippers at the police station and cheated. While lying, the society finally reformed him and disciplined him.
When he said, "There is something in this world that is absurd to a certain extent, no one believes it, but it does not mean that it really does not exist." When he still chooses to enter the absurdity, "Moses" represents justice and truth. He died. So in the end his wife Zhang Fang chose to get rid of him. But Zhan Jianye took the lead in exposing her.
Of course, the film has two endings, two versions, two These endings are actually worthy of fun. Especially the story about control described by Peng Haoxiang, but he has encountered control in reality, and has to be cut and modified, which highlights the theme of the film that is not easy to explain.
At the end of the two endings, Love and Truth are all killed. The director threw the audience into barrenness and despair. "Exodus" was completed by Peng HaoxiangThe truly transformed work, more proficient technology and broader vision make it a landmark movie.
From the absurd men and women The relationship has risen to expose the pathological social relationship, making "Exodus" also become Peng Haoxiang's most socially significant work. Peng Haoxiang, who loves to be smartFinally had a little master temperament.