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Final Report Of Cross-Cultural Communication 指導老師: 何孟菁 教授 Group members 92220005 王 昱(leader) 92110170 王淑卿 92110576 辛明珠 92110242 吳秀蘭 92110146 謝福林 87110356 李兆生 報告日期:民國93年6月
Job distribution of the group members 92220005 王 昱 撰稿及版面設計 92110170 王淑卿 初稿及彙整 92110576 辛明珠 版面設計及審稿 92110242 吳秀蘭 校對 92110146 謝福林 校對 87110356 李兆生 校對
Contents 1. A summary of the plot 2. The discussion 3. Our reflection upon the movie
Summary of Indochine
Summary Plot Eliane is a wealthy French owner of rubber plantation in French colony of Indo-China in the 1930s. She is born in Indo-China and lives with father and Camilier, an orphaned Indo-Chinese princess whose parents died in an accident. A French naval officer named Jean-Baptiste saves Camilier’s life during a street uprising. Eliane confronts the fact that her daughter has fallen in love with Jean-Baptiste, her secret lover who broke her heart before.
Summary Plot She interferes in the career of Jean-Baptiste, reassigned him to an isolated outpost and arranges Camilier to marry with Tang, a native businesswoman’s son. But Eliane has underestimated them. However, Tang is an enlightened Western- educated elite. He upholds Camilier to flee to seek the man she loves and he also becomes a leader of Communist finally. In the meantime, the French are facing in losing the control in Indo-China. During her hazardous journey on foot, Camilier meets a few refugees and joins in them to reach the remote place. Finding her friends abused and killed by the French, she killed a French officer in agony while she reunites with Jean-Baptiste.
Summary Plot Jean-Baptiste is accused of outlaw because he helped Camilier run away. The young lovers hides themselves in the countless islands and tries to survive for years under the assistance of Communist, until one day Jean-Baptiste is captured with his baby by the French army. Camilier is separated from her lover and her son forever and then she is arrested into prison for five years because of being against the State. Eventually, the infant adopted by Eliane and raised in France after Camilier becomes a revolutionist of Vietnam.
Discussion of Indochine
Discussion of Q1 Eliane is born in Indo-China. However, unlike many of her French friends, she follows many of the local customs and habits and seeks the closeness to the local people to an extent. Eliane truly loves the land and its people, and cares for her workers like a firm mother. She often dressed in local tropical chic. From time to time a native servant prepares her an opium pipe. She even adopts an Indo-Chinese princess whose parents died, and tries to bring up young girl in the ways of the French aristocracy.
Discussion of Q1 When Camilier asks her the impression of French girls, she answers “I am the Asian, like mango, not a French which eating apple.” When she adopts Camilier’s son, she keeps complaining about the baby’s ugliness with her native servant instead of praise. However, this is a custom in Indo-China which could make baby avoid the curse of devil. Although Eliane sees herself as an Asian, born on her father's estates, never having been to France, but the local people still see her somewhat differently because she looks like a Frenchwoman.
Discussion of Q2 Eliane's adopted daughter, Camilier is young and naive—very close to Eliane. She educated in French school and tries to be a French lady although she is an orphaned native princess. Take a clear example, she learns the tango with her mother in the movie. It is apparent that she is the unique heir of her dead parents’ princely estates and Eliane's own kingdom of plantations and houses. But Camilier looks forward to true love indeed. She infatuated with Jean-Baptiste when Camilier saved by him from a terrorist. She decides to run away from home to seek her dream lover in secret while Eliane tries to arrange for her marriage.
Discussion of Q2 The journey changed her cultural identity thoroughly. Camilier got a chance to see what the French colonial power is really doing to her country and discovers a new passion for her homeland and penniless people. Camilier’s mind gets alienated from France when she saw her friends of refugee which she built a close relationship with during the journey are killed by French army. Eventually Camilier represents the spirit of a national confident and becomes a leader in the Vietnamese revolt against the French colonialism. She is transformed from obedient naïve mademoiselle to a raging revolutionist.
Discussion of Q3 Eliane being as wealthy and powerful as she is. However her carefully constructed world begins to come apart when she embarks upon a passionate affair with a handsome young French naval officer named Jean-Baptiste. Despite her professed cynicism about love, Eliane soon finds herself hopelessly dependent on this callow officer. When he refuses to commit to Eliane, instead wishing to continue exploring the world, their brief relationship ends. But circumstances bring them together again when Jean-Baptiste rescues Camilier during a street uprising, not knowing that she is Eliane’s adopted daughter.
Discussion of Q3 Jean-Baptiste represents the conflicted passions of the French. He pronounces that he must have freedom when he rejects Eliane, but he shows no such footloose spirit once he is with Camilier. However, Eliane’s conservative exterior obscures her strong passion, which becomes evident when Jean-Baptiste enters her life for a brief romance. Although Eliane is French, she never understands French people’s love stories--there is nothing but passion, fury and suffering, just like the war. From this point, we find Eliane is influenced deeply from Asian’s culture.
Reflection of Indochine
92110170 王淑卿 It's a good story for me. I can see the impact of different culture between the French and the Vietnamese. I also realize a very touching love-story and I find how great a mother is from the plot.
A mother-daughter relationship becomes different because of political tumult. Eliane, a French plantation owner in colonial Vietnam, shows mother’s love to protect Camille who is a Vietnamese orphan girl from injury. She raises Camille with all the advantages of a French education and beautiful clothes, growing up in a surrounding, Camille just wants to seek her love as romance of most of the French. What Eliane does for Camille and for the Vietnamese attracts me very much. Maybe Eliane is autocratic in handling everything, but she is a great woman who performs her duty for the French, the Vietnamese and for her family.
The central element of the movie is the tale of how Camille and Jean-Baptiste meet, fall in love, and confront an uncertain future. It’s a pity that both Eliane and her daughter fall in love with the same French navel officer, Jean-Baptiste. Watching the process that Jean-Baptiste and Camille seek for their love, I can’t control my strong emotion: I cried. It did hold my interest throughout the time I spent watching, however, and gave me a picture of what Vietnam must have been like for the French. They lived a fairytale existence in the lap of luxury while all around them. People were being exploited and worked to death. I enjoyed the film even though it lacked the bite and emotional engagement that I would have preferred.
92220005 王 昱 This movie impressed me deeply with its touching plot and sad love story. The issue of the exploitation of Indo-Chinese is omnipresent. Especially, when I see workers risked their lives to flee from plantation and starved for their freedom in Ha Long Bay, only to be betrayed once again by the French who sold them into slavery. The movie shows how the French colonizers treated the Indo-Chinese as slaves, separating their families, how people were weighed and examined like cattle before being sold into bondage.
Clearly, the movie succeeded in capturing the arrogance of the colonizers and the firmness of Indo-Chinese. They had enough resentment to overthrow the French and drive them out of their homeland. In the ending of movie, Camilier chose a tough life firmly. It brings me mixed feelings. I hope Camilier could reunite with her son and Eliane. However, so she is an Indo-Chinese daughter indeed, not a French daughter.
92110576 辛明珠 Indochina exercises history to express conception and probe into a factor of history development. The film describes between colonialist-French and the passive of colonialist-Indochina (Vietnam) relationship each other. It utilizes personages to carve mold of relationship each other. It doesn't strengthen strong impression of colonialist. Also have given the Vietnam a opportunity to express. A colonialist viewpoint is different from Indochina. Vietnam is just a losing-root nation of culture and politics. It is subjected to French colonize in the nineteenth century. It is just like Camille who is naïve and beautiful girl. She had lost parents in bygone years. Her behavior affects the history as a whole. Camille treats to insinuate a symbol of modern times Vietnam history.
And Jean-Baptiste have already declared in the play: 「I want a whole world, I am not bound in a small corner.」The argument and colonialism powerful ambition reflect each other. He is also a delegate of French colonialism. Their relationship explains rights between the passive of colonialist-Indochina and colonialist-French. This is a search for the cause of phenomenon. Also, Eliane represents the imagination of fusing two cultures that colonial nation as to between colonialist and the passive of colonialist. She is synthesis of two cultures. (She represents French to face Indochina and represents Indochina to face French.) The consciousness explain colonialist to rely on will oneself, request the passive of colonialist to satisfy demand oneself. It molds rights position of a colony. This colonial culture produces cultural drop, losing and divergence. The passive of colonialist don't follow the colonialist. It heads for new road in repetition with-difference.
Indochina doesn't accept rights dictatorship of French. Step by step, Indochina shakes off restraint of French and then become 「Vietnam」. It just like Camille as to French culture aspiration of (include Jean-Baptiste). Finally, she attends revolutionary ranks. The revolutionary cause: on account of French equality and freedom concept. It can't compose about two nations, just like Vietnam and French. They are two independent entities. Because of French freedom and equality value can highly praise, but they can't carry out in Indochina. Therefore, cause the passive of colonialist, commotion and division in thought and politics. Indochina has undergone to follow and then compose nation again. This value conception leads to reverse colonialist control. And then become two different entities of ideals, politics and rights.
92110242 吳秀蘭 The love between a man and a woman is expected and also blessed, but it’s actually a tragic love story about the culture difference between France and French Indo-China. In 1930 Indo-China was a member of the French Union, ruled by an imperialistic government. Eliane is a graceful lady from France. She and her father run one of the biggest rubber plantations in Lang Sai. They belong to the country’s elite. Eliane considers herself as “Asian” but her lifestyle is strictly occidental. She greatest virtue is her love for her adopted daughter Camille- a Chinese girl. The daughter falls in live with a young French naval office that has been until then she mother’s lover. This love triangle brought Eliane lots of love and pain however; I think for her culture, she would rather believe that all people have equal values and equal rights.
The daughter falls in live with a young French naval office that has been until then she mother’s lover. This love triangle brought Eliane lots of love and pain however; I think for her culture, she would rather believe that all people have equal values and equal rights. Camille who falls in love with the young French officer-Jean Baptiste are discovers that his love is stronger than any distance. She runs away from her marriage to links up with the officer. On her journey, she sees first hand the plight of her native people she had ever known. Her fate was as well as their lost Indo-China. She never compromise on her terrible situations to where many people sympathize with The Indo-chine struggle for political independence.
92110146 謝福林 The big part of DISC almost off-key so I can not visit the all, but we can image the structure of story. First, this is menial life style at colony settler, you can find that painful, any situation any thing were must obey their master, you does not against Second, loving foreign country always happen in the high society family, because a good fortune family, especially children want to get more education, study in extraordinary school or master country school, of course the exotic mood in a foreign love happen, different culture people love and life each together. Third, to be forced people always want against and outrun by rule government, then depend on the liberty and life easy area or country, so no matter how, the exotic mood couple in order to their dream or ideality to go into exile each other. About life in colony I have much recollection, on Second World War, TAIWAN is by to govern in JAPAN, each man and man was different animal in the world, I don’t know what is freedom, even, human right, honors, but it is menial life style.
87110356 李兆生 • Indochine is a truly fantastic symphonic score. Since film is an often-confused combination of colonialism, travelogue adventure, revolutionary epic and a love story, it is actually quite surprising that this score is as unified as it is. Rather, it seems to have taken each aspect of the film (and the opportunities for a composer within each) and somehow managed to bring them all under its control in this score. • Only occasionally referencing the Southeast Asian locale of the story, It turns in a score that is mostly very European in feel (a decision it defends on the basis that most of the film's main protagonists are European). "The Adoption" begins the score with one of these references, an exotic piece featuring voices and odd harmonies, which is interrupted by very consonant strings for Elaine's (Catherine Deneuve) character. • "The Burning Boat" starts with very forbidding brass, from which will come some of the more exciting thematic material, developing in "We're Two People" and "The Thunder Storm." These action cues allow the score to truly shine, raging fury from the brass answered by heavy crashes from the percussion.
"The Thunder Storm" introduces a new, more hopeful theme for Camille and Jean-Baptiste (Linh Dan Pham and Vincent Perex, respectively), and the lovers on the run. • This is offset, of course, by the more travelogue portions, the material for which is mostly based on a theme that is heard first at the end of "The Burning Boat," which is then heard taking over the score in "The Isle of the Dragon." • Darker material prevails in "End of the Journey," featuring the travelogue theme attempting to be heard over relentless bass drums and outbursts of the brass. Similarly, "The Escape" features familiar thematic material given a much more dramatic reading. • Major harmonic violence erupts in the cue "Birth and Revolution." Unrelated to any of the other thematic material except by orchestration (in which it is most closely related to "The Burning Boat"), this cue provides an impetus for the climactic tragedy of the score. • Throughout this all is Elaine's theme, often coming in after major developments in other thematic material, sometimes (as in "The Decision") in a very determined reading.
A truly moving moment occurs in "Elaine Finds Camille," in which the former character searches through a large group of refugees to find the latter; the music becomes more and more frenzied as Elaine herself becomes more determined to find her adopted daughter in the crowd, only to be heartbroken when she does; the music starts out with some of what was first heard in "The Adoption," which gives way to the travelogue theme. The theme for Camille and Jean-Baptiste is then heard as Elaine embraces Camille, only to end without resolution as Camille explains her current position to her mother. • In a style that seems to have gone out of fashion, it reprises all of his thematic material in "Indochine," the film's end credits sequence. • It's musical direction is assured, and the performance he gets from the orchestra is fantastic. The orchestrations are perfect, giving the score an extra veneer of glossy polish. As mentioned earlier, the score relies on its orchestration as much as it does melodic material. • The recording is nice and spacious. The brass and percussion carry this score, and they come out detailed and bright, but with the proper amount of bass. This score is one of it's best, classy and exciting at the same time at 1992.