Friday, July 29, 2011
Les chansons d'amour - Ma Mémoire Sale (Eng sub)
The English translation of the title of this film is “Love Songs”. Ismael (the dark-haired young man) is a young widower. His young wife died unexpectedly, simply dropped dead one night due to an undiagnosed heart condition. He imagined they would have decades together, so he is profoundly grief-stricken and depressed to the point of being nearly suicidal.
Then Erwann (the blond boy) comes into his life. Erwann makes it clear that he has fallen in love with Ismael, but Ismael resists him at first and dismisses his feelings as a schoolboy crush.
But in this scene we see Ismael give into Erwann’s advances. It is a beautiful and tender love scene, but also heartbreaking because Ismael is asking Erwann to be so passionate that he forgets his dead wife.
Lines that I find particularly erotic and devastating at the same time: “Wash my soiled memory in its muddy stream. With your tongue’s tip lick me clean.” And “So burn! Burn when you sink into my bed of ice!”
Remarkable film, and this scene still makes me cry even though I’ve seen it many times.