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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Do you need a cold shower? And other clichés...

There are stereotypes and clichés that are "more real than reality", as we say in Italian.
Sometimes feeling bad is a really good thing. Sometimes a bad thing is more positive than it appears or it gives us the right kick to get going, to restart, to change. To be awake, at last. To see what we didn't want to see or to understand.

Among the clichés that are used and overused in movies we can find for example:
- throwing up after a hangover;
- a cold shower;
- receiving a slap when having a hysterical reaction;
- crying uncontrollably.

Still sure that "bad" always means "bad"?

Alcuni stereotipi e clichées sono "più veri del vero", come si dice in italiano.
A volte sentirsi male è in realtà un'ottima cosa. A volte qualcosa di negativo è più positivo di quanto non sembri o ci dà la giusta spinta per metterci in moto, per ricominciare, per cambiare. Per svegliarci, infine. Per vedere ciò che non volevamo vedere o capire.

Tra i clichées che vengono usati e abusati nei film si possono trovare, per esempio:
- vomitare dopo una sbornia;
- fare una doccia fredda;
- ricevere uno schiaffo dopo aver avuto una reazione isterica;
- piangere in maniera incontrollata.

Siamo proprio sicuri che "negativo" significhi sempre "negativo"?

Tags: Clichés, Stereotypes, Cold shower, Changes, Clichées, Stereotipi, Doccia fredda, Cambiamenti