Deep in the woods

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In the last French Film festival that ran from June 8-17 in Shangrila Plaza Mall, the only movie that I really sought out to see was Au fond des Bois (Deep in the Woods).  It’s a typical poor-boy-falls-in-love-with-rich-girl-type of story set in 1865 in Southern France.

Timothee, a vagrant, fell in love with Josephine, daughter of a rich doctor.  He saw her first entering a church.  After spying her for several days, he then shows up at her home claiming to be deaf and mute. He was welcomed by her doctor father who sympathized to the boy and wanted to treat him. Over dinner, Timothee demonstrated an entertaining knack for illusions.

The next day he rapes Josephine, who is betrothed to a writer. He then brings her into the woods, where they did other the kind of exciting, nasty and satisfying things that lovers do. The problem is that as far as her family is concerned, Josephine has been kidnapped.

Timothee was then captured and was brought to trial for kidnapping. Josephine’s father remains to question whether his daughter was really under a spell, or she willingly followed him deep in the woods.

Although there were negative reviews, I really liked the movie.  My husband who is not into art films had no choice but to watch with me, and below are our reviews.


He says: Josephine was the witch, not Timothee.  She made him kidnap her, and in the end, she forced him to admit it, even if it was really what she wanted.

I say:  Timothee was a fling-type, the writer was the marrying-type.  Although Josephine liked the beggar, she knows that in reality she cannot live a vagrant lifestyle.



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