April 1, 2008

One Hour Photo…

Posted in Movies Reflections at 3:03 pm by Rou...

Days ago I watched the movie “One Hour Photo” starring Robin Williams, who outstandingly performed the role of what we sometimes call “a little man”; one of those people who you barely notice on the streets as they leave no lasting image, who eventually turns out to be an obsessed man who is scary, sad, pathetic and chilling all at once…

Aside to the main theme of “obsession” in the movie, a supplementary theme rises in the background about how photos create the appearance of a life without necessarily reflecting its reality. You see, in the movie “Sy Parish” was obsessed with an apparently “perfect” family, but the fact is that it was a family – just like any other family – that had their problems.

 

This additional theme also highlighted the fact that many people use photos to record only the “special and happy” moments of their lives; birthdays, weddings, holidays, etc… and exclude the ordinary ones, although our lives are mainly about the everyday ordinary happenings in it…

 

Taken as a whole, “One Hour Photo” is a movie that makes you have a close glimpse into the dark alcove of the troubled mind of a man who is overwhelmed in his loneliness… and strangely enough, makes you at times compassionate with him…

 

The below words were said by “Sy, the photo guy” during the movie… Words that describes how people use pictures as a way of defeating aging and time, of saying to the world that “I”, this seemingly insignificant person, was really here, has been really happy and enjoyed life to the utmost…

 

I love those words… Hope you like it too…

 

“I’m sure my customers never think about it…
But these snapshots are their little stands against the flow of time…

The shutter is clicked…
The flash goes off…
…and… they’ve stopped time…
If just for the blink of an eye…

And if these pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it’s this…
‘I was here…
I existed…
I was young…

I was happy…
…and… someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture’…”

 

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