La Double Vie de Véronique

Saturday, 10 July 2010

la double vie de véronique

la double vie de véronique

la double vie de véronique

It's a perfectly wintry day, so I'm huddled at home with my writing and DVDs. It took all of my willpower to get up early this morning for ballet class, but now my whole body feels alive and I'm rewarding myself with watching my favourite film, La Double Vie de Véronique. It's really quite sad how many times I've seen this film.

Since this is a perfect time for reading too, I want to draw your attention to two blog posts. The first one is written by me on this useful blog. It includes my tips regarding how to get published in books and how to approach publishers with a book proposal. While the tips are primarily aimed at postgraduate students, I do think there are probably similarities between academic and more general publishing processes. I don't think my publication experience is extensive by any means, but I do hope these "tips" are useful.

The second post is by someone I know and admire. I can't help but shake my head in an emphatic "yes" whenever I read this post.

Hope you're all having a great weekend.

19 comments:

olivia said...

You are simply beautiful, inside and out. Your blog is more than lovely, I love to read it♥
xxx

marie said...

i haven't seen this! i wonder if i can find it at a dvd shop..

also great article.. i've forwarded it to a friend who's getting to the final stages of a phd:)

Indie.Tea said...

I haven't seen the film. Now I'm going to hunt it down...Youtube? Netflix? I'm sure I'll find it somewhere...

Daphne said...

i wish you all the best with your writing. do tell us how it's going, i do not want to miss a thing and will buy your book for sure.:) the movie seems really good, i'm stuck watching the virgin suicides although since I know every chapter of the book by heart and do not feel like reading it again. xx
love
Daphne

Enia Is (Almost) Here said...

thanks for the tips! i'm six months away from submission, and currently in that state of not wanting to think at all, much less about publishing. but i know i should, and these are really useful, least of all because i already have an article out that took bloody forever. so this is for next time... :)

as for the roddick article, the issue as i see it (and i appreciate this is just my opinion) is that whereas the interpretation of feminism she gives by equating it with blatant high-end sexuality more resonant of another ideological project (not friendly to women) may be something i disagree with personally, i think any feminist project that aims to limit what it stands for to an exclusive view of certain 'pure' few is necessarily unproductive and flawed. to my mind, it is the same thing as certain liberals insisting people should be given the freedom to decide, and then judging them for not making the decisions they wanted. to me, that's not what a feminist, or a liberal, is. i consider myself a feminist and i haven't decided to display it in the day roddick has, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have the right to do so. it just means we can respectfully disagree without resorting to 'your are a bad feminist'' or 'you are a bad liberal' labels in denouncing it....

p.s. sorry for the heavy morning post! it just got me thinking...
p.p.s. the movie looks really interesting!

Sundari said...

This was such a nice post. I was starting to feel guilty that I spent most of my mid-year break in my pyjamas but you made me feel better about it. I will make time to watch movies this break and have a look at your publishing tips.

Enia Is (Almost) Here said...

oh-oh. i came back to read my comment after having had a coffee, and realized that in the best of online ranting fashion, i forgot to re-read the post for grammar mistakes. 'your' instead of 'you're'... cringe.

please forgive our trespasses etcetera....

Principia said...

I've never seen this film too, will put it on my download list *oops* :)

tywo said...

This post is beautiful.
Have a lovely Sunday.




LOVE!

Christine said...

I love "La Double Vie.." I'm jealous of your wintry day. Thanks for the posts links. Have a great week!

Rina said...

Hi Hila, how are you? I love to see my favorite movie many times, so don´t feel sad...
Thanks so much for the first blog, I really loved it and most of all thanks because It was really useful to me the article "Ten personal tips on being an effective teacher", I read it many times, just like my favorite movies. Take care!

Ula said...

hello thanks for sharing have you seen the french film Every Jack has a Jill, I saw it today the cinema... it was lovely... very cute story... my sister lives in france and when ever I watch a french film I feel a little closer to her... I will definitely check this one out.

Chapter 9 said...

I've been a long-time lurker here on your beautiful blog, but felt the need to come out of hiding as this is my favourite film too, & I too am as sad as you as I have lost count of the amount of times I have watched it!
I listen to the soundtrack all the time too :)

Funny, I have wondered before when visiting your blog if you knew of this film!
It's late here now, so I will return to look at your links, they sound interesting.

odessa said...

thanks for the recommendation. i love french films and will definitely check this one out.

hila said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments!

enia: I too have some concerns about her argument with regard to some aspects, however I don't think she's trying to project a model of feminism based on a limited idea of what feminism is. I think the main point of the article is the concerning issue of the commodification of women and sex as things to be bought and sold. Consumerism is the primary topic of this article in my opinion and I think that Abigail is arguing that both sex and women are being cynically utilised for profit, rather than suggesting that feminism cannot be aligned with overt sexuality. This is not about judging individual women's decisions, but questioing the politics behind the mass commodification of women in culture. There is a difference.

Also, I often wonder about this idea that feminism means "the right to choose". True, ideally, that's what it should be, but we do not live in an ideal world. There is an inherent problem with this idea of "making choices" when your choices are defined by the culture you inhabit. To quote someone who puts it better than me:

"at the beginning of the new millennium, feminists have been positioned as the cultural oppressors of 'normal' women against which a younger generation of 'new' feminists offers as antidote a marked individualistic kind of 'radicalism'. This radicalism pretends the power of self-definition is all about being 'in control' and 'making choices', regardless, it seems, of who controls the 'choices' available. ... control always seems to be about the right to consume and display oneself to best effect, not about empowerment in the worlds of work, politics or even the home."
(Imelda Whelehan, Overloaded: Popular Culture and the Future of Feminism, p.4).

I too have to wonder why "power" and "choices" are always about consuming stuff and displaying your body as a commodity these days.

Still, I can also understand the objections to these arguments. Good debate is ultimately based on disagreements :)

All the very best of luck with your PhD!

Emma said...

that movie is my favorite next to lost in translation and a norwegian movie called ikke naken. means not naked. norwegian film industy is embarassingly(dont know if i spell it right) bad, but that is one of my favorites and have been it scince fourth grade.

hila said...

I haven't seen that film, sounds interesting.

miau said...

your blog is nice and I really like this post, sounds like a awesome day ! :-)

hila said...

thank you!