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|Other Titles:||From Romantic Love to Family Contradictions: Female Solidarity in the Film You Can’t Tell Him|
Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages, and Literature, NTNU
This paper seeks to study the differences between the novel The Abandoned Garden written by Qiong Yao and the film adaptation You Can’t Tell Him directed by Song Chun-so. Qiong Yao’s novel is a Gothic romance with a strong personal style of extreme passion and suffering. Romantic love as portrayed by Qiong Yao is violent and full of S/M indications, and the body is often depicted as the vehicle for expressing intense passion. In addition, in the novel there are many Gothic elements such as abandoned space, ghost, suspension, and secrets. The heroine and her foil—the two Mrs. Bo—are arranged in the plots as binary oppositions. Song’s film adaptation is neither romantic nor Gothic, but instead focuses on family problems and female friendship. The film portrays the hero as selfish and emphasizes the mutual understanding and support of the heroine and her foil. The ending appears to be a happy ending, but Song uses a freeze frame of four still pictures to isolate the hero from his wife and daughter. The film can be said to be an anti-romance, exposing and criticizing patriarchy and male self-complacency. It demonstrates contradictions regarding gender and generational relations on the one hand, and on the other hand depicts female solidarity in friendship and mother-daughter relations.
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