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19 January 2017 @ 09:06 am
Perfect Blue and Millennium Actress  
Watched Perfect Blue and Millennium Actress. In a way, these two films are like two sides of a coin. Both films feature an actress as the main character. In both films, the actresses' professional work is bleeding into their personal life, and the line between reality and illusion is blurred, albeit to different effects.

Perfect Blue is a psychological thriller. As the main character becomes unable to tell what's real and what's not, the story, already unsettling to begin with, takes on an increasingly terrifying and paranoid note. Millennium Actress, on the other hand, takes on a whimsical approach. There is some fourth wall breaking in the process, which leads to some genuinely funny moments.

Of the two films, Millennium Actress is a lot easier to swallow. Perfect Blue has several disturbing scenes that are very uncomfortable to watch. The film also exposes the sexism and the objectifying of women inherent within the entertainment industry, as well as the ugly reality of the idol business. As a thriller film though, it works.

Millennium Actress has none of that (or very little of that). It's a charming and light-hearted film detailing an actress' life story. And yes, I cried at the end of this film.
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