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Wednesday, April 09, 2003
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I was watching an Italian film last night, Malena, starring Monica Bellucci. It's about a woman named Malena, who lives alone in her house in Italy, while her husband is serving as a soldier in World War II. She wasn't from his hometown so she was always the subject of the old ladies' gossip. She never paid them attention and that was probably another reason why these same ladies continue to gossip about her. Til one day she receives news that her husband was killed in war. People were sympathetic. Especially the men, who lusted after Malena. Unemployed, Malena didn't know what to do to be able to afford the basic necessities she needed. The men in her town discovered her plight and started giving her the stuff she needed, including money, in exchange for a lustful time with her. This continues and she moves on to the big leagues, by pairing up with German soldiers and offering her, um, "service". Pretty soon, the Germans fall and the American soldiers have arrived to rescue the Europeans from the clutches of the Nazis. When this happens, the old ladies storm the place where Malena is staying and drags her out by her hair and starts beating her up in the middle of the town square in front of the whole town and condemning her. The movie is told through the eyes of a "coming-of-age" young boy who loved Malena from afar. He was always "stalking" (for lack of a better term) her and watching her. He never judged Malena and tried several times to talk to her but couldn't.

I just remember watching it last night and when the ladies started beating her up, I just kind of lost it. How dare these ladies do that to her? Even if she became a prostitute, she did not deserve to be beaten up like that. These ladies act like they're holier-than-thou but in truth they're worse than Malena. At least she never spoke ill of anyone (at least that's what they showed) and she never gossiped about anyone. She was just trying to survive. But these ladies never listened. They believed only what they wanted to believe and never listened to anyone else's. Hay naku. That's so typical of present society talaga. They don't have lives kaya they feast on other people's lives even if these other people are not doing anything wrong. Then they form opinions that are based on lies and start believing it. Well, if we continue to judge other people and don't start helping them out when we know they're in trouble, then we will never advance and prosper. That's just - sad. If this continues ad people are not open to one another, we will surely destroy our world.
posted by Jax @ 10:10:00 PM  
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