Queen of Sleep

Living with narcolepsy: a personal journey

Mascarades(2009)

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I have not yet seen this film so I can’t comment on the portrayal of the narcoleptic bride to be in the film. The reviews suggests that it is a film very much of the vein of “Bend it like Beckham” and “Ealing”. I like the idea of a light-hearted comedy with a narcoleptic character that works.

Most of the films that I have seen, for example “Duce Bigalow” turns narcolepsy into a grotesque carnivale where the viewer is encouraged to laugh at the character and distance themselves from him/her. Then, there are the films that pity the narcoleptic for example in “My Own Private Idaho” but I have never seen a film that shows the character of a narc both good and bad which leaves the viewer with a real sense of what it’s like to live with the complexity of the condition. Baz Lurhman’s portrayal is without a doubt the best human portrayal, but such a sad story and such a sad life. Does it have to be that way? If you have seen Mascarades – please let me know if it’s any good! Here are some links to Global Film and The Guardian reviews of Mascarades.

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Written by Queen of Sleep

September 3, 2010 at 11:36 am

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