- Also Known As:
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- 84 minutes (Uncut)
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- Predominant Genre:
Director James Ward Byrkit
- Outstanding Performances:
- A passing comet has surreral effects on reality for a group of friends at a dinner party.
- Advertising | Aggression | Alienation | Art | Atheism | Black people | Capitalism | Christianity | Civilization | Coming‑of‑age | Compassion | Communism | Corporate Power | Courage | Curative | Curiosity | Destiny | Eastern world | Emotional repression | Empathy | Equality | Erotophobia | Ethnicity | Evolution | Family | Free Speech | Friendship | Genocide | Globalisation | God | Grieving | Guilt | Gynophobia | Humanity | Identity | Individualism | Justice | Loneliness | Love | Loyalty | Mankind | Materialism | Mercy | Narcissism | Nationality | Nature | Nostalgia | Original Sin | Parasitism | Passivity | People Of Color (POC) | Personal | Personal change | Political | Political Correctness | Pornography | Positive Discrimination | Preventive | Propaganda | Rationality | Redemption | Religion | Religious fundamentalism | Republicanism | Role modeling | Sadomasochism | Schizophrenia | Science | Self‑Esteem | Self‑Expression | Sex | Sexism | Sexual Repression | Social class | Society | Snobbery | Solipsism | The State | Stereotyping | Terrorism | Totalitarianism | The West | White culture | White guilt | White people | White privilege | White supremacy
- Similar to:
Would that I were you
As with all White attempts to deny reality and replace it with something more interesting than the everyday, workaday mundanity that is White culture, this movie posits the idea that the thought experiment of Schroedinger’s cat makes some kind of sense; rather than being a dead‑end theory of a world of physics that has simply run out of new and workable ideas.
What is discovered here is that underneath the sans souci White familiarity, there is paranoia, schizophrenia, insecurity and self‑loathing: The belief that talking about life is just as good as living it.
The emotional hesitancy of the characters reflects their inability to understand their experience and to know what to do and, more importantly, what not to do about the essential emptiness of their lives. The fundamental fear here is that one’s friends will either not mature or mature at a different rate than each other and that this will mean loneliness unless each person represses the others and tries to prevent the others from growing‑up and moving‑on.
The characters, here live off each other, rather than with each other; using each other as emotional crutches because they cannot themselves for whom they truly are because they are so busy running away from their true natures. Without any self‑knowledge (subjective reality), one has no yardstick for comparison with other people’s self‑presentation. Without any grasp of objective reality external to oneself, one similarly lacks a yardstick to compare other people’s comments or behavior to. Without a deep‑seated character to express or conceal, this movie becomes more of a horror‑story for Whites (about Whites), than the science‑fiction movie it is claimed to be.
There is, moreover, an odd nosy‑parker tendency among these so‑called friends, allied with a faux‑innocent desire to convince others that everything they say is true; while being surrounded by people who disbelieve one because they are just as prone to telling lies – so think you are just the same as them. The failures’s desire to be someone other than themselves is evident here but, again, is never dramatically explored.
As a character‑study, this movie fails to differentiate its characters, so that they all appear to be facets of a single, energetic Caucasian; bereft of any grounding in objective reality. The movie occupies the same quantum space as its characters; allowing the audience no opportunity to properly reflect on what it is watching, because the film itself possesses no self‑understanding that would make any rational comprehension possible.
Entertaining, but ultimately as thin, meager and as unfulfilling as its characters.