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Five films I’d love to live in

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Rosemary’s Baby
American psychological horror (1968)

A young couple moves into a flat in an old New York building with a bad reputation. Their elderly neighbours are nice enough but there seems to be something a bit odd about them. Rosemary mysteriously gets pregnant and strange things start to happen. I don’t want to say anything more if you haven’t seen it and you don’t know what it’s about. I’ve always really identified with Rosemary Woodhouse and I feel like I am her when I watch the film or read the book. Mia Farrow does such a fantastic job portraying her. Kudos to John Cassavetes as well who is pretty creepy as the husband. Aesthetically this film is perfection, especially Mia’s wardrobe and infamous pixie haircut. This is one of my all-time favourite films and the book was one of my favourites as a child as well. It still is actually. For me there’s something very comforting about it.
Ssaibogeujiman Gwaenchanha (I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK)
South Korean romantic comedy (2006)

A young woman who thinks she’s a cyborg is institutionalised in a mental hospital after trying to kill herself during a psychosis. In the hospital she meets a young man, played by pop star Rain, who believes he is capable of stealing memories, characteristics and personality traits from people. Of course they fall in love with each other. Chan-wook Park makes brilliant films and this is no exception. He made this film after making his marvellous vengeance trilogy apparently as a break after all that violence. This is a whimsical love story sprinkled with pretty colours and surrealism.The Rocky Horror Picture Show
British musical comedy horror (1975)

Oh yes. Richard O’Brien’s cult musical. A young newly engaged couple gets caught in a thunderstorm when their car breaks down and they end up knocking on the door of one Dr. Frank-N-Further, a sweet transvestite from the planet Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania. They get offered to stay the night at his strange castle with his quirky party guests. There are so many amazing performances, fantastic songs and of course there’s the man with the voice, Tim Curry. The reason I was never scared of Pennywise in Stephen King’s It is that he’s played by Tim. This is my ultimate feel-good film. It’s pure joy and perfection. I know all the lines and all the lyrics off by heart. It’s definitely the film I’ve seen the most times.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
American psychological thriller (1962)

Baby Jane was a vaudeville child star who was later overshadowed by her sister’s fame. Blanche was crippled by an accident and is confined to her room upstairs in the mansion that the two sisters share. Baby Jane is becoming madder by the second and she does everything she can to torment Blanche. Because, of course, she’s horrifically jealous of her sister’s success. This film is perhaps a strange choice for this list but I love Bette Davis and Joan Crawford so much in this sinister film. I love how they interact with each other. They might have despised each other in real life or they might not have but either way their performances are outstanding. For some reason this is yet another film that I find great comfort in.Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (Amélie)
French romantic comedy (2001)

Amélie is a young introverted waitress who one day finds a box of memorabilia in her flat. She manages to return it to its rightful owner and she decides to start doing little things for people to make them happy. She’s haunted by a lonely childhood and has forgotten about her own happiness. This film is full of quirky lovable characters. I know, I know. A complete cliché to include this film but there’s no escaping the fact that it very much is a cinematic dream that many of us would like to live in. However, I watch a lot of French cinema and this is not the best one I’ve seen but Audrey Tautou is just so perfect as Amélie that she makes the whole film. Also, this is whimsical storytelling and colourful cinematography at its best.

How about you? What films would you love to live in?

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22 thoughts on “Five films I’d love to live in

  1. Amélie, always Amélie, it’s my favourite film.

  2. I am so surprised by your first choice! Rosemary’s baby is a fantastic film indeed but it scared me so much! It’s one of the few films that actually kept me scared and in suspense from beginning to end. I loved it but god, I wouldn’t want to live in it! Rocky Horror Picture Show on the other hand… haha!
    There are two films that I would like to live in. I have always dreamt of being Catherine in Jules et Jim! She is so bold and whole, and I love the tragic death. She’s sort of everything I wish I was.
    Or for the opposite reason, I’d love to be Holly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s! yes, I know, it doesn’t seem very original but she was such a comforting character for me, every time I had a personal crisis she helped me feel less lonely in my pathetic search for myself.

    • OMG! I’m coming back hours later because I just realised I gave a really bad spoiler (this is a good face palm moment!), I’m so sorry! This is not a thriller so it actually does not affect the enjoyment of this film all too much. My apology still.

      • Haha! Don’t worry, I’ve seen it. :) Both films you chose are brilliant and I can definitely see how you can identify with the leading ladies. I hate Holly so much when she throws Cat out of the cab though!
        I completely understand your surprise. A lot of people do indeed find Rosemary’s Baby very scary but I’ve always had a great love for horror and suspense. In fact, I was going to put an Alfred Hitchcock film on this list but I couldn’t pick just one!

  3. I’ve never seen Rosemary’s Baby but it’s definitely on my to watch list now! I love Amelie and Rocky Horror, I could definitely live in either of those. One of my favourite recent films is Moonrise Kingdom, I think I could live in that world! xx

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    • I knew I was right in not revealing too much! Let me know what you make of it. :) Both Amélie and Rocky Horror are very easy to relate to because we all have insecurities. To me Rocky Horror is all about having fun and being yourself no matter what other people think. ‘Don’t dream it, be it.’ I think Moonrise Kingdom might be a popular choice as well! ;) xx

  4. I love this list! Rosemary’s Baby, Rocky Horror and Amelie are all some of my favorites!

  5. Those are some very eclectic choices my dear! :) I’ll have to go and have a think about which my films would be, I love Amelie too (did you know it was originally to be ‘Emily’ and was written for Emily Watson? ). I suspect Blade Runner is another movie world I’d like to live in.

    • Cheers, m’dear! I’m quite an eclectic lady. :) It took me ages to decide on only five films though. Blimey, I had no idea! I’m so glad Audrey ended up playing Amélie in the end. I haven’t seen Blade Runner in years. I might have to re-watch it now! xx

  6. Your choices are awesome! Rosemary’s baby scared me sooo much! Luckily the lovely wardrobe keep me distracted ^_^.

    If I could live in any film it would have to be either the Labyrinth, Dark Crystal or Norwegian wood. OOh and maybe Dune…..I could probably go on ;)

    xx

    • Thank you so much, my lovely! Mia’s clothes are amazing aren’t they. Oh Labyrinth! :) I toyed with the idea of putting The Man Who Fell to Earth on the list. I love David Bowie so much! I haven’t seen Dark Crystal since I was little. I love that you chose a Haruki Murakami film and a David Lynch film! It’s definitely difficult to choose. xx

  7. That’s such a great blog post! I think for me it would be Grease – just because it’s a childhood favourite and I’d love to go to driven-ins and be a pink lady! Also Kamome Shokudō as it would be amazing to be friends with all the ladies, dress in Marimekko and eat at their yummy Japanese food at their cafe in Helsinki!

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