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Deep Impression From Movie, The Spring In A Small Town

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The spring in a small town is a movie that really left a deep impression to me. Neither because it was produced in a special period of times in china nor the significance of movie that director want to express to audience. I was surprised by a few scenes that could represent the struggling issue of morality in the movie, which really lead me to consider lots of other things may beyond this movie itself into tradition ethics and human nature.
Taking place in a ruined family compound after the anti-Japanese War, the film tells the story of the once prosperous Dai family. The husband and patriarch, Dai Liyan is an invalid, and spends his days in the courtyard nostalgic for the past. His marriage to Zhou Yuwen has long been rendered loveless, though both still feel concern for the other. Liyan's young teenage sister Dai Xiu , meanwhile, is too young to remember the past, and stays cheerful and playful in the ruins of her home. Then there comes Zhang Zhichen who is the Liyan’s childhood friend and also is the former flame of Zhou Yuwen before she ever met her husband. So the relationship between Liyan Yuwen and Zhichen becomes awkward and subtle when they all discovered that the feeling between Yuwen and Zhichen still existed and that’s all the conflict and struggle begin with. From the start of the movie we can know that Liyan feel really sorry about his wife because he is invalid and depressed all the day. He even tries to push Yuwen away because he cannot bring her any happiness. Yuwen never say so even though she knows that she is not happy, she doesn't know what else she could do except continue take care of her husband. However, she becomes vacillating once she see Zhichen has come. The conversation between Yuwen and Zhichen in Zhichen’s room at first night is the first scene that shows the awkward and struggle between two of them. In my point of view, it is so obvious that they have too much want to talk to each other, but they just use short dialogue and silence instead. I think it is because they both understand that Yuwen is already married. And they cannot talk like previously once they were lovers because it is immorality for a female who already be married in that period of time.
The scene that Yuwen go to Zhichen’s room after Dai Xiu’s birthday is the second and the most obvious one that show the struggle about the relationship between them. The movements are the key in that scene, which show the desire of love and conflict between them. For example Yuwen put off the fire of the match to keep the dark of the room and Zhichen hold her up then put her down right away. These kinds of movements make clearly expression what they really want in their deep hearts but there are always something stop Zhichen even Yuwen already throw herself up to him. That is the morality. And Zhichen is not only one who is suffering in this, there is a scene latter that Liyan asked Yuwen whether she is still falling love with Zhichen. Yuwen cannot say a...

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