First published in PChome (2004/1).
The director of Nowhere in
When I watched these films directed by female directors recently, I was amazed at the differences between films directed by male and female directors. Of course, the biggest difference is how they describe how women feel and think. This is difficult for a male director -- if you are not a fish, it is very difficult to know what a fish thinks. On the other hand, generally speaking, up to now I feel that the female directors process how humans (not only women) feel and think and change more carefully.
If we compare Whale Rider and Nowhere in
Even if the two films have incited sections, they are the results of full development of the characters. For example, in Whale Rider, we can see the personality of the girl and her grandfather: how the grandfather has such contradict emotion toward the girl (love her but try to ignore her because she is a girl), and how the girl loves his grandfather. At the last minute, when his grandfather no longer tries to ignore her because she is a girl, when he finally admits that he loves her, and when we saw how Maori people loves the whales and the nature, we understand what it is and cry because we feel something similar in ourselves.
In Nowhere in
In addition to women, how a Jewish German in
At last, I want to talk about how the directors deal with the culture that is not the culture they used to live with. It can not be done with only thorough study on the culture. The audience observes the culture through the director’s eyes. The director must really like the culture, and the audience will like this culture through the lens. In Whale Rider, Maori dance is very cute. In Nowhere in