Stupeur et tremblements

Stupeur et tremblements

Fear and trembling

DVD - 2005 | French | Widescreen
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A dream job rapidly becomes a nightmare for Amelie, a Japanese-born Belgian woman, who suffers a series of increasingly humiliating demotions after she lands a job as an interpreter at a large Japanese corporation.

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Mar 09, 2015

A satire and comedy based on the 1999 novel by Amélie Nothomb ... totally unexpected gem with humor sprinkled throughout. Guess I'll have to add the book in English on my reading list. A Belgian woman returned to work and be Japanese as introduced at the start of the film:

I was born in Japan and spent my first five years there. Leaving Japan was a real uprooting for me, a real exile. This first exile marked me so deeply, that on the threshold of my adult life, I decided to come back and live in Japan, hence to work there. I felt I could accept anything in order to reestablish myself in this country, which for many years I thought I came from. This is how I tried to become truly Japanese.
TOKYO -JANUARY 8, 1990

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Mar 09, 2015

Miss Mori put her whole life into her career for seven years. By being impeccable, she passed the appropriate age for marriage.
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I'd behave like a Japanese person. I wouldn't lose face. The most incomprehensible attitudes in life are often due to the persistence of an awestruck moment in youth. As a child, the beauty of my Japanese universe had impressed me so much that I still drew upon this emotional reservoir. This incredible assignment made me enter into another dimension: a universe of pure derision.

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