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电影片段欣赏:杯酒人生

2005-12-19 00:00竞学网

    摘自奥斯卡热门影片《杯酒人生》(Sideways)中Maya与Miles的一段对话。

    Maya通过前夫拥有的大酒窖而开始了对酒的钟爱。她在酒里解释了一生百态:从葡萄的照管、采摘到成品的酿造,从味道的逐渐醇厚到不可挽回的消退——就像人生的成长与际遇,色彩斑斓却转瞬即过……

    Miles: why are you into wine? Maya: oh, I'm I think I, I originally got into wine through my ex-husband, you know. He had this big, you know, sort of show-off cellar, you know. But then I discovered I had a really sharp palate. And the more I drank, the more I liked what it made me think about. Miles: like what? Maya: Like what a fraud he was. No, I like to think about the life of wine, you know. How it's a living thing. I like to think about what was going on the year of grapes were growing. How the sun was shining, if it rained. I like to think about all the people who tended and picked the grapes. And if it is an old wine, how many of them must be dead by now. I like how wine continues to evolve; like if I opened a bottle of wine today, it would taste different than if I opened it on any other day, because a bottle of wine is actually alive, and it is constantly evolving and gaining complexity. That is until it peaks, like you '61, and then it begins its steady, inevitable decline…

    重点讲解

    Maya说,因为前夫(ex-husband)有个很张扬的(show-off)大酒窖,她才开始接触酒,并且发现自己的味觉很敏锐。这里,show-off的意思是卖弄、炫耀、做表面文章,sharp palate是敏锐的味觉,cellar指酒窖、地窖之类。

    她喜欢在品酒中浮想联翩:想酒的一生,比如,葡萄种植的一年里都发生(go on)了什么,是阳光普照,或是阴雨连绵;比如,做成的酒是如何不断演变(evolve)、风味逐渐醇厚的(gain complexity),又是如何在达到巅峰状态(peak v. 达到最高点)之后慢慢变味的。

    Maya认为,酒不仅仅是供人消费的饮料,它本身是有生命的(a living thing, be alive),它的味道不断变化发展,它的成长倾注了许多人的劳动。同样一瓶酒在不同时间打开就都会尝到不同的滋味,就像人生的成长与际遇,色彩斑斓却转瞬即过。

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