About Jasmin & Josephine
Thank you for remembering my film and for taking it so seriously! Since Toby's comment, I too have wondered if the laugh could have served the film better if I revealed it at the end! Unfortunately, due to the "plot," i.e., her preparing the meal and the time of day, I cannot re-edit and position the laugh at the end. BTW, the laugh was totally unplanned and organically occurred during filming (Cassavetes would have been proud!). Overall, though, I was simply "inspired" by Mr. Schrader's theory. I did not set out to follow the style to a T. My greatest adherence was the minimal plot in the beginning. I literally have had people say that they were getting really annoyed, but when the old woman was revealed, it paid off - that's exactly was the style does (sparse means). The visual style is definitely "abundant"! I fully realize that and chose to shoot that way because, quite frankly, I LOVE IT! Again, Cassavetes would be proud. Like him (dare I say!) I love to grab the camera and get close and intimate with my actors. So, yes, I most definitely embraced it and chose to shoot it that way, versus a more sparse technique, exemplified by Ozu. Thank you again so much!!!