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Well, the New Year is here, and I celebrated it in a relatively… - John C. Kirk
Jan. 2nd, 2006
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January 4th, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
I suspect this film is one of those stories where the execution is of far greater importance than the plot. The plot can only reasonably be expected to go in one direction; it'll the character development that will make the story interesting and hold the film together. A good plot is an easy way to make a story work, but it's hard essential: Margaret Atwood's "The Edible Woman" essentially had no plot, but it was still an enjoyable read.
As for the adultery aspect, I think homosexuality does have a lot to do with it. There was, and still is, a huge amount of pressure on gay people to be(come) "normal": "just settle down with a nice woman and you'll turn out straight" is a "fix" still commonly prescribed to those "afflicted" by homosexuality.
Not knowing the full details of the story, I can't say what exactly happened; it's possible that he's bisexual and this is simply the story of an old flame showing up, with the homosexual aspect being an interesting, but not central, ingredient. However, I strongly suspect that the main character married his wife more due to pressure from a conservative family and community than anything else.
As for the minority aspect, I think the difference here is that this film doesn't just deal with a minority, it deals with issues that this minority faces on a regular basis. If there was an episode of DS9 where not only was the captain black, but his ethnicity became an important plot point (whether due to racism, culture, whatever) then I suspect a lot of people would sit up and take notice, especially if it was done well.
Well, I'll be going to see it at some point; I may even have the inclination to post a review afterwards. :)