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Seeking a Friend. Poignant. A deep, patient, thoughtful film with plenty to talk about afterwards. What would you do at world's end?
June 30, 2012
Lisa | #TeamMonique
I was betting this movie wouldn't be that good, but I was delightfully wrong, in an existential end of the world sort of way. It's not a madcap big special effects buddy romance film about trying to survive the end of the world, which is brought to you buy a giant meteor oddly named Mathilda. The end of the world is a given. It's inescapable so all those details fade away. They didn't want to tell another disaster story. The story is about how people deal with the certainty of the world ending. Some respond by stripping away that thin veneer of civilisation, as if they had always been just actors on a stage. Some give into despair, which is understandable given the certainty of the outcome. Some bravely plan on how to repopulate the human race storing food and guns. Some, the elect, are raced to space as new Adams and Eves. Some stick to routine as if the habits of hiding cultivated over a lifetime of years will somehow placate the unrationalizable. Some find comfort in family and friends and beautiful places. Some seek reconciliation. Some choose to stay miserable. And some eventually reflect on their lives and end up making very different choices than they would have ever made without the eminent demise of the world. That's the situation the two leads find themselves in and is why their simple story is so compelling. One's mind touches the thought of how you yourself might react in a similar situation. We don't know of course. Then the thought enters that we each have a very personal Armageddon in the form of a personal death, so the question of how we deal is not academic. And if how we would deal with the end of the world is different than how we are running our lives in the present, why would that be? One explanation is experience. Our leads fall gently in love because they share experiences together that they would have never experienced otherwise. Never would these two be a couple in real life. But through their story they see lovable things about each other...
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