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[转载]《喜福会》影评翻译

(2011-08-06 15:59:51)
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The 'Joy Luck Club' of the title refers to four women who immigrated from China to the United States long ago: An Mei, Ying Ying, Lindo and Suyuan .The story is framed by a large get-together of the extended families of the 'Joy Luck Club', although Suyuan has recently passed away. The reason for the celebration is the imminent departure of Suyuan's American-born daughter June, who is traveling to China to meet two half-sisters she has never met. Also in attendance are Lindo's daughter Waverly , Ying Ying's daughter Lena and An Mei's daughter Rose .

As the film unfolds, a series of well-orchestrated flashbacks (sixteen in total) tell the stories of the 'Joy Luck Club' and their American-born daughters. Though these two generations grew up in different times and places, the former in a land where women were little more than chattel and the latter in an environment that encouraged personal freedom and the departure from tradition, their struggles have far more in common than not. In addition to telling how June's mother was forced to leave her twin daughters by a roadside in China, the audience gets a glimpse of how Lindo was once married to a ten-year old spoiled brat, the agonizing sacrifice of An Mei's mother to safeguard a better life for her daughter, and Ying Ying's act of vengeance against a philandering husband . All of their experiences in pre-revolutionary China have a direct bearing on the lives of their daughters, who end up re-learning the same agonizing lessons in modern-day America: Lena's broken marriage where activity-based costing runs amuck, the struggles of Waverly and June to please their mothers, and Rose's inability to ascertain her true self-worth.

"The Joy Luck Club" is not an easy film to sit through, as the lives of these women seem to have little joy or luck. However, despite the hardship, it is clear that there is something that the 'Joy Luck Club' has an abundance of: hope of a better life for their daughters. This is the common motivation that underlies all the vignettes, and even though the courageous acts of self-sacrifice are not always overt or well understood by the daughters, they remain powerful testaments to the unbreakable ties between a mother and her child.

Though most of the vignettes are heartbreaking, there are moments of unexpected pleasure, such as how Lindo is able to outsmart her way out of her loveless marriage, the appalling table manners of Waverly's fiancé , or the comic relief courtesy of June's deaf piano teacher. And even if you are not Chinese or even female, there are plenty of small moments that will resonate with anyone who has ever been a parent or child (which includes just about everyone), such as June's childhood battles with her mother over piano lessons, or how Lindo takes pleasure in bragging about Waverly's prowess in chess.

Though "The Joy Luck Club" ends in tears, they are not borne out of sadness. Instead, they are tears of joy as the torch of hope and the aspirations of a better life are passed on to a new generation. Likewise, despite the poignant material, "The Joy Luck Club" ends up being an uplifting film. Not only does it honor the sacrifices often made by one generation for the next, but it also offers a glimpse of the sort of connection we would all like to share with our parents.

 

 

《喜福会》主演讲述了四个从中国移民美国的女人的故事,她们是安美、莺莺、林多和苏元。故事起始于喜福会这个超级大家庭的一次聚会,虽然苏元已经于近日去世了,但是她们还是聚到了一起,给即将启程去中国拜访双胞胎姐姐们的君——苏元的女儿饯行。林多的女儿薇莉,莺莺的女儿李娜和安美的女儿罗丝也都赶来参加了这次聚会。

 

随着影片情节的发展,导演精心安排了一系列的闪回镜头(共十六处)来讲述喜福会四个女人和她们出生于美国的女儿们的故事。虽然这两代人成长的时代和环境截然不同,上一代人像私有财产一样被人任意支配,而下一代人却被灌输着追求个人自由,摒弃传统礼教的思想,但她们的生活同样都充满了矛盾与挣扎。除了君的母亲在中国时迫于无奈把自己的双胞胎女儿丢弃于路边的辛酸故事,我们还能在影片中看到林多曾经嫁给一个年仅十岁的顽童的悲惨遭遇;安美的母亲为了给她创造一个幸福的生活而毅然结束自己的生命的伟大精神;莺莺如何报复那个玩弄了她感情的无良丈夫的痛心作为。这些在旧中国经历的苦难都对她们生活于现代的美国的女儿有着直接的影响,而她们的女儿也通过自己的生活重新体验了这痛苦的一课:李娜因丈夫的斤斤计较而破裂的婚姻;薇莉和君为了取悦各自母亲所做的努力与斗争;罗丝在婚姻中的自我迷失。

 

《喜福会》不是一部能让人轻轻松松看完的电影,因为影片主角们的生活似乎与喜和福毫无关联。然而,抛开她们的辛酸往事,很明显,喜福会更多的传达了一种她们对于女儿们美好生活的期盼。而这期盼正是所有闪回片断的基调,即使她们的自我牺牲并不为儿女所知,我们还是能感受到她们母女之间这份牢不可破的感情。

 

虽然影片的大部分都让人感伤不已,但我们还是看到了一些出乎意料的欢快场景,例如:林多摆脱婚姻折磨的机智,薇莉未婚夫惨不忍睹的餐桌礼仪,君那个聋了的钢琴老师的滑稽搞笑。即使你不是中国人,甚至不是一个女人,只要你是家长或是孩子(几乎已涵盖到了每一个人),你都能与该片产生共鸣,例如:童年的君因被逼着上钢琴课而和她的母亲闹别扭,或者是林多以炫耀薇莉的象棋天赋为乐的表现。

 

虽然《喜福会》是催人泪下的,但该片的目的并不是要来表现悲伤。相反,这是喜悦的泪水,因为承载着期盼和希冀的火炬已被传递到了下一代手中。同样,撇开充满辛酸的故事题材,《喜福会》的结局是令人振奋的。它不仅赞扬了为了下一代无私奉献的牺牲精神,还为我们勾勒了一幅亲子之间和谐相处的美好蓝图。

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