Saturday, May 18, 2013

your false sympathy and unthought derision

"It seems that the world over, the accepted films featuring the handicapped would be best called the 'triumph story': the overcoming of great odds to achieve even greater goals. The reason for these films appears to be catharsis. Specifically, the audience watches them to feel better about their own lives ("There but for the grace of God go I…"), draw inspiration to live a better life ("If they can do it, so can I."), and, to some extent, feel generally swell about themselves and the way they spent two hours watching something 'socially responsible'. Fortunately this style of filmmaking appeared both absurd and disingenuous to both Shibata and Sumida, and in response they created a film that was truly the opposite."

Nicholas Rucha: Review of Shibata Gō's 2004 film『おそいひと』(Osoi hito)

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