Welcome to the world of Reality and Illusion, where the search for meaning and purpose in life is at the forefront of human experience. In this world, reality and illusion blend together, creating a sense of confusion and disorientation. If you are a fan of films that explore the depths of the human psyche and challenge your perceptions of reality, then you are in for a treat with “Goodbye to Language,” “Mister Lonely,” and “Synecdoche, New York.” These films offer a unique and thought-provoking exploration of the human condition, each in their own distinct way. From the experimental and mind-bending “Goodbye to Language,” to the whimsical and surreal “Mister Lonely,” and the hauntingly introspective “Synecdoche, New York,” these films will take you on a journey through the complexities of human existence. So sit back, relax, and prepare to delve into the depths of the human psyche with these thought-provoking films.
Goodbye to Language (2014)
Fantasy, Drama, Experimental
The last feature film by Jean-Luc Godard is about the crisis of communication and the desire to chat and argue. Filmed digitally with contrasting nature shots, harsh editing, and uncomfortable zooms, Goodbye Speech is actually a melodrama about a not-so-happy couple. They spend their days and nights together, most often in a lake house, exchanging quotes from philosophers and newspapers, chatting on the favorite topics of intellectuals since 1968 – from post-colonialism to capitalist empires. Cleverness has long replaced direct communication with them, subtracted wisdom – their own remarks. Godard’s trick is not only that at the age of 84 he receives awards for innovation at the Cannes Film Festival, but that few other than him play so gracefully with words, editing and the narcissism of human nature. And especially with our desire to appear, and not to be.
Mister Lonely (2007)
Comedy drama, Experimental, Indie film
The not-so-successful Parisian impersonator earns his living on the streets by dancing Michael Jackson’s moonwalk: his performance consists of a set of memorized numbers imitating a distant original. While performing at a nursing home, Michael meets Marilyn Monroe, a naive blonde with curves, who invites him to a remote Scottish corner where only impersonators live. Among Charlie Chaplin and Abraham Lincoln, the Madonna, the Pope and a flock of domestic sheep, Michael will learn the rules of survival for a gated community that is preparing to meet the rest of the world. A satire on the world of celebrity culture, long before the Kardashians show and the Instagram fever, was shot by Harmony Korine, a student of Larry Clark and just a very brave director.
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Postmodernist
Charlie Kaufman’s sad and hurting drama about writer’s block and the futility of all things – depressing response “8 ½”, where the idea of an ideal play grows into an endless artificial city. Theater director Cayden, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman – he doesn’t get bad roles, but this one is probably the best – decides to stage something completely new to deal with the devastation. He is neurotic and narcissistic, ambitious and vulnerable, attentive and despotic – he comes up with a new play, for which he is going to build impressive scenery. The project is stretched to infinity: the former Cayden did not think through the obstacles that the current one faced, and rogues and loved ones will multiply, reincarnate and gain strengths and weaknesses from each other. Synecdoche, New York captures all the typical psychology pitfalls and ego traps to find the strength to move on.
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