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Fear and Trembling (2003)
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Fear and Trembling (2003)
Original name: Stupeur et tremblements
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Amélie, a young Belgian woman, having spent her childhood in Japan, decides to return to live there and tries to integrate in the Japanese society. She is determined to be a "real Japanese" before her year contract runs out, though it precisely this determination that is incompatable with Japanese humility. Though she is hired for a choice position as a translator at an import/export firm, her inability to understand Japanese cultural norms results in increasingly humiliating demotions. Though Amelie secretly adulates her, her immediate supervisor takes sadistic pleasure in belittling her all along. She finally manages to break Amelie's will by making her the bathroom attendant, and is delighted when Amelie tells her the she will not renew her contract. Amelie realizes that she is finally a real Japanese when she enters the company president's office "with fear and trembling," which could only be possible because her determination was broken by Miss Fubuki's systematic torture.
Style: humorous, clever, offbeat, realistic, witty, talky, semi serious
Plot: translator, fish out of water, culture clash, workplace, employer employee relationship, misfit, hopes, workplace intrigue, society, boss and employee, disorder, rivalry, master and servant, workplace situations, power relations, demotion, business, airplane, rape, vengeance, friendship, female nudity, torture, snow, computer ...
Time: contemporary, year 1991, 1990s, year 1993, year 1990
Place: japan, asia, belgium

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