November 29, 2003

[Cinema] Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease

Directed by: Krzysztof Zanussi
2000/Poland/35mm/Colour/99mins
Record: 2002 Moscow International Film Festival
2003 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival: Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (Chinese site)
IMDb: Zycie jako smiertelna choroba przenoszona droga plciowa
My rating: 7.0/10

Zanussi likes to use film segments appeared in his early film. I believe that this is because of his self-examination. In this film you can see many missing part in his another film, "Supplement." Those dialogue originally telling now become hatcheling self. What the question is asking not only "what" and "why," but also "what the question itself is?"

In "Supplement," Zanussi started with "how people face (other's) death," answering "how people face (one's own) life." Now he fellowed this context, looked himself and asked, "how people face (one's own) death." His now introspect rather then discover. He stop analyzing the truth with science like in his "Illumination." He just calm down and look at himself.

You should note that Zanussi shows some humor in this film. He said by actors's mouth:

"You must be hypersensitive. So you are playing in this film talking about death."
"I don't know what does this film for."
"I don't know either."
How about take a look at the thief? When he first time facing the death, what he can do is only surviving. He tried to escape but failed from hurt. But when he later accept death, knowing it's just a gate to forever (with priest's view of point), the death doesn't coerce him anymore.

This is also what Dr. Berg experenced in his last life. When you can understand your exist, believe what you believed (belief, or faith), you can prove how to stay with death.

He don't argue about euthanasia, neither agree nor against. But he said, you have to save yourself. Life as a fatal sexually transmitted disease, can't be save by other's touch.

The final awakeness is only available in your own heart.

Posted by Jedi at November 29, 2003 02:05 AM | 中文版 (Chinese Version) | TrackBack (0)
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