The rich also cry It appears that Oscar Wilde also advised humanity to be mindful using their desires - otherwise they will suddenly come true. The fashionable modern philosopher Slavoj ižek told about the same by the example of this very picture. Yes, nothing is new beneath the moon and everything that modern sages say has been said a long time ago and better. The hero of the “Second”, as usual, did not heed the advice and which means picture proved to be extremely sad. The expression on the facial skin of a tired elderly man who has chose to undergo surgery is simply depressing: this is an expression of mortal melancholy and complete resignation to fate. Given he is just a successful banker and a "happy" family man. What else does an individual need? It's just that personality change services are very expensive, so only very rich people are able to afford them. So the whole middle-income group was left entirely behind, and the writers fell into their own trap. It would appear that I really want to empathize with the character, but it's not entirely clear - to empathize in what exactly. The grape orgy of "reborn" characters in the center of the film is very similar to a hippie party. That will be not surprising, because "The Second" was filmed in the sixties. Wikipedia says that the beginning of the hippie movement is known as 1965, but the first swallows, obviously, flew across America before, and so the "Second" just experienced the stream. http://b3.zcubes.com/v.aspx?mid=6182467 True, this did not help the film and previously hardly any people appreciated it. But then, with time, the picture gave rise to such a small cult. Formally, it's very interesting and even experimental in places, especially in the very first half, but it generally does not represent an impeccably integral work, breaking up into several parts, which differ markedly in stylistic and mood. Dialogues tend to be rather unassuming and dramatic collisions are simplified to please saifay, which does not require Dostoyev's nuances and Tolstoy's depths. The brand new life of the protagonist is shown in only a couple of scenes. But “The Second” remains worth considering as a silly cinephilic try out form and as a painting with a big, though not fully realized, plot potential. The film echoes such works as Shock Corridor by Samuel Fuller, Coma by Michael Crichton, Steppenwolf by Hesse (and, to a smaller extent, his strange film adaptation) and even Thirteen by Gela Babluani. Someone has noticed the influence of the painting on David Lynch. If the above works and personalities are of interest for your requirements, then "The Second" is unquestionably worth watching. https://coub.com/feastverse35 Within our paranoid time, this unusual film, like its hero, also deserves another life. I have without doubt at all that ultimately a remake awaits us, which, I really hope, will not vulgarize the first, very humanistic and quite touching idea. Nevertheless the fatal impossibility to improve life without changing anything essentially is, as we say, the philosophical side of the matter. There's no time for philosophical maxims in the job of the anonymous office, which turns over big money. Therefore, there is a particular fraud mechanism in the technology of selling an alternate dream. Giving the client an option: to become, for example, a golf player or an artist, Arthur is given evidence from the realm of the unconscious. Allegedly, being in a state of hypnosis, he let slip his intention to become an artist. At the same time, much earlier, on the very first trip to the office, Arthur was asked to spot himself as Wilson. There's undoubtedly that the artist Wilson is a vacancy that the client receives without the alternative. Thus, replacing the scenery or even the human body is a distraction from the key swindle: selling someone else's dream. As Deleuze says, if you discover yourself in the dream of another, then you definitely got fucked. It is on this vparivanie customers other people's desires (usually belonging to advertisers, ideologists, "opinion leaders", etc.) built the functioning of the buyer society, and as its metaphors - the Kafkaesque office selling used bodies. The obverse and reverse of a falsified choice (banker / artist) are equally hopeless attempts to escape from the inescapable frustration or depression of the subject of the customer society. Meanwhile, depression, which young adults also suffer massively, is a real disease of our century, the effect of a systemic failure of value coordinates. 2021 movie review When what you have always strived for (career, wealth, countless "likes", etc.) works out to become a dummy, you're overtaken by the ninth wave of neuroses and frustrations. When, in the general race for success, at the initial stages of "step-by-step self-realization" there's virtually no time for reflection, the situation is tolerable. But for Arthur from The Secondaries, emphasizing his thoughts and feelings is disastrous, when he perfectly understands that he is living someone else's life. The Dow Jones index may rise or fall, quarterly indicators might be ahead or lagged behind the planned ones, but being in the role of just one and a zero, as a “man-hour” or “individual” is without a doubt humiliating.
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