Connections and Disconnections among the Urban Nomads in Postmodern Cities. Eldorado and 愛情萬歲. Outline. Postmodern City and Urban Nomads Eldorado : Loneliness & Dis/connections among youngsters Vive l ’ amour: Love and Desire on Cities ‘ Margins Common Themes . Postmodern City.
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Biname, director of Eldorado
Roxan – a rich girl, active in helping others; with traumatic past, harmed by the ones she helps
Lloyd – shock-jock, but can only talk; does not know how to commit himself.
Rita--traumatic past, drug-dealing, stealing, cannot touch others or be touched; Loulou--discontented; bored (1:9:06)
Marc – a musician who works in a liquor store, hurt by Lou Lou, find help/refuge in sex shop or video games
Henriette -- want to know how to connect, sexually or otherwise.The apparently strong and weak
Example: 29:40 -
(The two scenes are juxtaposed )
a sign that she might have opened the window.
Rita and Lloyd --
Hunger and desire – their frequent actions:
Eating (from food stands or lunch boxes), drinking, smoking and making phone calls.
anomie = lack of moral or social principles in a person or in society
They are uprooted from social fabric, but not without basic human needs for living and love.
The woman and 小康
Instead of following the characters into their room, the camera frequently stays at a fixed spot, allowing the walls to block our view of the interior space of that room and to frame the characters' action in that space. (source)
The father eats alone.
The mother takes leftover from the restaurants she works for.
. . . To feed her lover, her husband and son.
Spaces of fantasies in an infested apartment. Beautiful makeup and costume, cheerful singing in contrast with railings and bare and dirty walls.
1. The characters’
2. Fragmentary plots with chance encounters (also in "When the Day Breaks“, In the Skin of a Lion, "En Passant,”“Desperanto.“) more later
3. Human Connections made possible by urban systems: