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June 6th, 2004
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Young Adam

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From:matt_arnold
Date:June 7th, 2004 07:28 am (UTC)
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So I take it "life-affirming" is not a descriptor that would apply. This is a question I ask about dark, or sad, movies. "Life Is Beautiful" was one of the saddest movies I ever saw, but it ended on a life-affirming note. I watched the first two-thirds of "The Pianist" the other day before the rented DVD just quit from smudges and scratches that could not be removed. I'm debating whether to go out of my way to watch the rest of it, because I was left wondering "why did anyone bother to make this movie? In order to sap our will to live?"
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From:bjorng
Date:June 7th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC)
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Definitely not life-affirming. Its main character drifts aimlessly through his life, much to the detriment of those around him. On some level I found it draining to watch.

On balance, though, I'd say it was a good film. It's a slice of life I wouldn't want to try out directly, but it was interesting to watch. I did find the glimpses of barge-life strangely appealing. Though it was sad to see that too was doomed.

I'm not really sure what dostoevskian means; I'd classify this as a sort of neorealist film noir. I'm not sure if the main character is amoral, sociopathic, or just so disconnected he can't relate to anyone. If those are meaningful differences.
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