FWeekly: Gliding free to that unfathomed, boundless sea, the silent grave

quote by Pascal Mercier, from Night Train to Lisbon | Post Title
still from the movie Night Train to Lisbon | 1
last page of The Great Gatsby | 2
portrait of silent era actor and director Buster Keaton | 3
quote by director Quentin Tarantino, about The Rover | 4
portrait of actress Carey Mulligan as Daisy, in The Great Gatsby | 5
still from Roman Polanski’s cult thriller, Repulsion | 6


This week has been [marked] by the aching delusions of Jay Gatsby, and the hauntingly beautiful words of fictional writer Amadeu de Prado. The survival techniques of Pi Patel have been a constant presence too; though those are more like a thrilling stimulant to the visual imagination, rather than the existential musings of the wandering mind.

Funny how two movies that I’m far from loving have left such an impression on me: they both have something that intrigues me so – the source material, the latter still to-read; and something that prevented me from enjoying them – Luhrmann‘s glittering aesthetics, and a rather lazy script. In the end I suppose it’s all a matter of depth, and what ultimately remains are the words of Fitzgerald and Pascal, as they did before.



This seductive melancholy was broken only by two other films: Roman Polanski’s Repulsion, and La Cage Dorée, from portuguese/french director Ruben Alves. The first is a disturbing psychological thriller that had me with a straight face for the whole time, only sporadically interrupted by expressions of disgust and a couple of short screams – so it was awesome. 

The second is an absolute hit comedy amongst the portuguese and french, with a cast from both countries. It’s about a portuguese couple who moves to France in search of a better life, as so many have done; the clash of culture and social-economic status is hysterical and, if anything, this movie is living proof that self-mockery of an entire people can be both funny and loving. I’m not sure how well the film holds with someone not familiar with the culture, but let me know if you give it a try. 


TV has been pretty much all about the fantastic Showtime series Penny Dreadful. You’ll surely see some flaws in the beginning, or at least a couple of story lines that you may not care all that much for (mine is Frankestein’s), but there’s something for every horror fan in there. And the allure of Eva Green is universally hypnotising – it could be 50min of those knowing eyes and faint smile that I’d still be there every week. In July I should resume watching Boardwalk Empire from where I last stopped, a couple of episodes into season three (aka, shortly after Jimmy’s death – why does it still sting)

As for the sounds of the week, both Night Train to Lisbon and La Cage Dorée sparked the portuguese soul inside me, so I’ve had a playlist with some favourites artists from home on repeat. I’ll share it on the sidebar, just in case you’re interested.

the best from the web

— With yet another jaw-dropping Game of Thrones finale (this time satisfying!) comes the end of Sati’s recaps, so go to her blog and see her great work. Mettel Ray also listed 10 Things about Game of Thrones.
— Keeping with lists and TV shows, Karamel Kinema shares 10 moments from season two of Orange is the New Black.
— Mette continues her cinematic journey through Alaska, be sure to join her!
— The law series Suits has returned, and Elina sounds as excited as me to have it back.
Love and Squalor reviews Edge of Tomorrow, and has me believing my respect for Tom Cruise movies still has some ground to stand on.
Caitlin saw Goodfellas for the first time and loved it – obviously, because it’s awesome.
— Katy vents about Penny Dreadful’s nudity in her Fandom Friday post, the best way to relax and have some fun with this blogging thing. 

Got any links of the week to share? Leave them in the comments!
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  1. June 22, 2014 / 1:37 AM

    Love love love your banner!
    I’m convinced Eva Green is from another planet – there aren’t enough words to describe how amazing she is.
    I was happy this past week when there was only one sex scene in Penny Dreadful. Not that I mind seeing them at all, except that they need to be more interesting. Thank you for the link, hon! 😀

    • June 22, 2014 / 1:02 PM

      I’m pretty sure she is, too. Yeah I was glad about that too, I hate it when shows and films use sex scenes that add nothing to what’s happening.

  2. Caitlin Quinlan
    June 22, 2014 / 3:16 PM

    Thank you so much for linking my blog Sofia! You’re so lovely!
    I’m always in awe of how beautifully your blog is presented and written, you have such lovely posts xx

  3. karamelkinema
    June 23, 2014 / 4:14 PM

    Thank you for the mention Sophia!
    I actually haven’t seen Penny Dreadful yet, but now this post of yours just piqued my interest (i mean, Frankenstein? what is this tv show about! *got curious*

    • June 23, 2014 / 5:59 PM

      It has plenty of horror themes — there’s demonic possession (my favourite), vampires, the frankenstein story, Dorian Gray… it’s really interesting!

  4. June 23, 2014 / 5:17 PM

    Thank you for the link and kind words about my recaps! I only saw 2 episodes of Penny Dreadful but I’m definitely gonna catch up soon, the music and Eva are outstanding.

    • June 23, 2014 / 6:01 PM

      You’re welcome Sati, you really did an amazing job. Yes do catch up; I wasn’t all that invested in the first couple of episodes, but the show got better and better!

  5. wildedash
    June 23, 2014 / 8:14 PM

    Thanks for the link, Sofia! Sounds like I should keep up with Penny Dreadful, too. I adore Eva Green, but found myself sidetracked after the first couple episodes. Will have to try again…

    • June 25, 2014 / 2:42 PM

      Yes do, it’s getting better with each episode – the last one was really really good. So I have high hopes for the finale. 😀

      Green’s character becomes the heart of the show, maybe you’ll like that. I certainly did — hers is my favourite story, and she’s incredibly good as Vanessa. Hartnett gets really interesting too, they have a good dynamic.

  6. Josh
    June 29, 2014 / 5:26 PM

    Luhrmann’s overabundance is a sight to behold in Gatsby. I love it for the mess it is. 🙂

    Glad you loved Repulsion. That film is so chilling, and Deneuve is amazing in it.

    • June 29, 2014 / 6:18 PM

      I know, other people do think that, too! I just can’t bring myself to like the aesthetic… I have the same issue with Moulin Rouge. It’s a matter of personal taste really, nothing more.

      She is amazing, and the film is really disturbing in an awesome way. Happy to know you like it too, Josh!

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