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【情人節特輯】愛情走私之《明年此時》

女人是男人的外遇,從祕書變成枕邊人只花了不到半年時間,男人離婚後兩人總算修成正果,他離開待遇優渥的外商公司自行創業,她到公司幫忙,搖身一變成為員工心照不宣的老闆娘;溫柔嬌弱的女人慢慢變得強悍,且一反以前的享受與講究,開始小心調度、算計起來,準備幫男人熬過創業初期的艱辛,只為了兩人更燦爛的未來。 剛開始是在二十四小時營業的誠品書店裡徹夜未歸,因為男人愛閱讀,女人也就不疑有「她」;接著是下午開完會後不再進辦公室,總是有飯局在某家餐廳等著他,反正他是老闆,也沒有人會說話;然後是那一大束在西洋情人節上午快遞到公司給男人的玫瑰花,張牙舞爪的鮮紅花朵弄得員工個個滿腹狐疑。 女人旁敲側擊地確認了男人的外遇,還發現他固定的外遇對象不止一位。因為有生理潔癖,加上愛打腫臉充胖子,所以他連小公寓、信用卡附卡都奉上了,女人想到自己變成人妻以後的省吃儉用,她的心在淌血,讀著男人與情人間的簡訊往返,她的自信心更是大受打擊。她問男人,公司那麼忙,怎麼會有時間在外頭搞七捻三?男人面無愧色地反問道:「妳以為外遇需要花很多時間?」,語氣中甚至還流露著些許神氣的成分。 外遇需要花多少時間? 因為信任對方,加上相信自己的魅力,女人壓根兒沒想過男人會三心二意,也不曾留意身邊的蛛絲馬跡。 但是外遇究竟需要花多少時間? 劇場演員出身的知名劇作家 Bernard Slade 寫過一齣構思巧妙的外遇喜劇《明年此時(Same Time, Next Year)》,該劇敘述一對各自已婚的外遇男女,約定每年的特定週末到相同的旅館幽會,兩人在這段偷來的時間裡分享性愛及心事,然後再若無其事地返回自己的家庭及生活軌道。這外遇模式歷經了二十四年,雖然每年只見面一次,但是透過毫無保留的暢談及相互安慰,兩人的關係卻異常地親密。從男女主角於一年一度約會中的對話,觀眾除了看到主人翁生命與心路歷程的轉變,也重新溫習了從 1951 到 1975 年間美國在政治、社會與價值觀的巨大變遷。 這齣展現時代意義的高水準劇作被多次搬上舞台及銀幕。1978 年 Robert Mulligan 執導的電影版劇本由原作者 Slade 親自操刀改編,飾演男女主角的亞倫.艾達 (Alan Alda) 和艾倫.鮑絲汀 (Ellen Burstyn) 都是演技派的一時之選,傑出的劇本搭配精湛的演技,讓這部場景不多、以對話取勝的兩小時電影一點也不枯燥。 梁家輝和袁詠儀合演的港片《年年有今日》算得上是港版的《明年此時》;國內的綠光劇團也曾公演過這部舞台劇,由羅北安和姚坤君擔綱演出外遇的男女主角,在紅樓劇場的絕妙演出博得滿堂彩。 電影《香水(Perfume: The Story of a Murderer)》編劇 Andrew Birkin 在 1992 年曾自編自導了電影《激情海岸(Salt on Our Skin)》,該片雖是根據法國知名小說《心血管(Les Vaisseaux Du Coeur)》改編而成,但在唯美浪漫的電影語言下,它其實也是頂著《明年此時》的骨架。葛麗泰.史卡綺 (Greta Scacchi) 和文森.唐諾佛里歐 (Vincent D'Onofrio) 飾演片中階級懸殊、國籍不同的一對秘密戀人,他們難得相聚的不倫戀情長達二十三年,直到擔任漁夫的男人病逝為止。 一年才見一次面的外遇?真是經濟,看似無傷大雅又能顧全大局,不過,大概也只有文學和電影作品裡頭的人物,才可能找到願意配合這種外遇模式的對象。 回到現實,大多數飲食男女是不會滿足於「牛郎織女」式的外遇模式。 先生出差及出國考察,陪同前往的是地下夫人;太太週六固定到高爾夫球練習場打球,其中半數時間是在賓館跟舊情人幽會;就連出去洗個頭、倒個垃圾,沉醉在祕密戀情的有心人仍能善加利用,偷偷用來跟外遇對象博感情。 1972 年獲得 Billboard 黑人單曲與流行單曲雙料冠軍的 "Me and Mrs. Jones",男主角跟已婚情人相約每天同一時間在同一家咖啡廳見面,節奏藍調 (R&B) 歌王 Billy Paul 唱出了主人翁深陷外遇的難以自拔,以及擺盪在不倫戀與家庭責任間的掙扎心情。 "Me and Mrs. Jones" by Billy Paul Me and Mrs. Jones, we got a thing going on, We both know that it's wrong But it's much too strong to let it cool down now. We meet every day at the same cafe, Six-thirty I know she'll be there, Holding hands, making all kinds of plans While the jukebox plays our favorite song. Me and Mrs., Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones got a thing going on, We both know that it's wrong, But it's much too strong to let it cool down now. We gotta be extra careful that we don't build our hopes too high Cause she's got her own obligations and so do I, Me, me and Mrs., Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones got a thing going on, We both know that it's wrong, But it's much too strong to let it cool down now. Well, it's time for us to be leaving, It hurts so much, it hurts so much inside, Now she'll go her way and I'll go mine, But tomorrow we'll meet the same place, the same time. Me and Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones. 不管是分是合,外遇的愛情也有其盡頭。 1976 年獲得 Billboard 黑人單曲與流行單曲雙料冠軍的 "Kiss and Say Goodbye",唱的是男人對外遇情人依依不捨的分手告白。巧的是,"obligation" 這字兒相繼出現在這兩首歌的歌詞之中,顯示 1970 年代的已婚男人心中,即使心不甘情不願,但是「家庭責任」還有戰勝「不倫慾望」的可能;不知道現在的已婚男人會如何權衡呢?! "Kiss and Say Goodbye" by the Manhattans This has got to be the saddest day of my life I called you here today for a bit of bad news I won't be able to see you anymore Because of my obligations, and the ties that you have We've been meeting here everyday And since this is our last day together I wanna hold you just one more time When you turn and walk away, don't look back I wanna remember you just like this Let's just kiss and say goodbye I had to meet you here today There's just so many things to say Please don't stop me 'til I'm through This is something I hate to do We've been meeting here so long I guess what we done, oh was wrong Please darlin', don't you cry Let's just kiss and say goodbye (Goodbye) Many months have passed us by (I'm gonna miss you) I'm gonna miss you, I can't lie (I'm gonna miss you) I've got ties, and so do you I just think this is the thing to do It's gonna hurt me, I can't lie Maybe you'll meet, you'll meet another guy Understand me, won't you try, try, try, try, try, try, try Let's just kiss and say goodbye (Goodbye) (I'm gonna miss you) I'm gonna miss you, I can't lie (I'm gonna miss you) Understand me, won't you try (I'm gonna miss you) It's gonna hurt me, I can't lie (I'm gonna miss you) Take my hankerchief, wipe your eyes (I'm gonna miss you) Maybe you'll find, you'll find another guy (I'm gonna miss you) Let's kiss and say goodbye, pretty baby (I'm gonna miss you) Please, don't you cry (I'm gonna miss you) Understand me, won't you try (I'm gonna miss you) Let's just kiss And say goodbye 註:本文最初發表於2008年5月29日,情人節在即,因此重新整理與各位有情人分享。
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