The film Perfect Blue is very confusing
January 19, 2004 6:05 PM Subscribe
The film Perfect Blue
is very confusing. (more inside, with major spoilers)
posted by Prospero to media & arts (10 answers total)
Last night I watched Perfect Blue with a friend of mine. I really liked it, and I'm definitely going to watch it again in the near future, but I'm not entirely convinced that the film made even a lick of sense. At the very least, it must be like Mulholland Dr., which makes perfect sense as long as you figure out that the movie has its own rigid internal logic that has nothing to do with the way the real world works. And Google turns up nothing for me in the area of interpretation. So--
--Okay, so there's an imaginary version of Mima, right? And it's a "good," uncorrupted young woman, who still sings family-friendly pop music while the real Mima shoots rape scenes in TV shows. (By the way, that one scene freaked my friend out so much that I had to fast forward through it, and she can usually watch just about anything. However, I don't think I missed a major narrative plot point by not being able to hear the sound during that scene, or see it at its normal speed.) And at the end of the film it looks like Rumi is somehow the real-life incarnation of this imaginary Mima. But is Rumi always the imaginary Mima? Or is the imaginary Mima just a product of the real Mima's imagination, except at the end? Or are we just not supposed to ask?
--Did the real Mima kill the photographer that shot the nude images of her? Or was that just a dream? Or are we just not supposed to ask?
--Remember Mr. Me-Mania, the super-creepy guy that runs the website? There's one scene where the imaginary Mima starts appearing and talking to him. Is that him imagining the imaginary Mima? Or has the imaginary Mima generated by Mima's mind suddenly taken on a life of its own? Or is that really Rumi? Or are we just not supposed to ask?
--If two of the murders (the photographer and the screenwriter) have the same modus operandi, are we wrong to assume that Mr. Me-Mania kills the screenwriter (which is what it looks like)? Or do we just let that question slide, too?
I listened to the interviews with the voice actors on the DVD, but the only thing I got from them is that they don't know what the hell's going on either--they just showed up and read their lines. I'm willing to buy it as a piece of surrealist cinema that's deliberately supposed to have a fractured, illogical narrative, but I'd like to think that it's more logical than that.