A young couple, in Dallas, Texas, are deciding whether or not to move. The woman, Rooney Mara, wants to move and the man, Casey Affleck, does not. The man is killed in a car crash and becomes trapped in limbo, forced to watch life go on and reflect on the concept of time and meaning of life.
A depressed young man struggles to stay sober while working on his family’s farm. His paralyzed father is unable to work and the demoralized son is being stretched too thin. In an effort to help pick up the slack, the father hires a temporary Romanian laborer who helps keep the farm running smoothly and cures the son’s loneliness.
Why do we do this?
Well you got to do something. Now don’t ya?
I was interested to see what the hype was all about when it comes to Rebel Without a Cause. It is a movie that never fails to make it on a list of influential or greatest movies of all time lists. With that said, I tried to go into this movie with as little expectations as I could.
Rebel Without a Cause follows the plight of a group of high school kids as they try to make sense of the world around them. Trying to find your identity can be tough, but when you are constantly moving from town to town it can be even harder. Jim Stark, played by James Dean, is forced to start fresh in a new town and the first 24 hours are not a roller coaster, they are a rocket ship.
Jaco Van Dormael’s Mr. Nobody is an ambitious project in terms of concept and structure. The film dissects life’s struggles and achievements through an examination of infinite choices, possibilities, and outcomes. Nothing happens in a vacuum, and this film functions as a vehicle to demonstrate this idea. An individual’s path in life can be broken down into a series of junctions defined by choices, actions, and responses. Each junction setting the stage for the next and influenced by the previous. Dormael accents this powerful exploration of the human mind with a mosaic of differing camera shots and editing styles. The final result is a challenging concept that loses some of the impact through convolution.
ScreenThis movie touches on some, more than, risqué subject matter that just dives deeper and deeper as the movie progresses. The cyclical format of the film persists from the start until just before the end. This seems to play on the use of both classical and operant conditioning found in the film. The ever present and in your face masochistic theme is not a new concept behind a film, but this one is also a comedy. At the end of the day, if you like Maggie Gyllenhaal in kinky situations than this is your movie.