Monday, July 13, 2009

Through Broken Lenses

The only information they would give was that it is about "an unlikely friendship (that) blossoms between two misfits". Seeing that I had nothing better to do, I sat down to watch the movie they played on TV last night till the point of delaying my shower and dinner till much later (for some reason, I wanted to shower first, then only eat). It's called Dream with the Fishes.

With a slight comedic twist, the story is about life and death in general, and about dreams and fantasies we all have while we go through our daily lives. Through the movie, we get to see how one character, Terry, while alive, is intent on dying by suicide, and another, Nick, who has only *three weeks left of his life. They cross paths one night in Terry's attempt at suicide, strike a deal and the rest they say is history. Now, I'm not exactly going to review or summarise the movie. Suffice to say that if you do get the chance, watch it by all means... at least for the excellent dialogue (I was so impressed that it was not cheesy at all!), and the somewhat interesting and quirky characters. One scene I have to mention is in the scene where after getting high, they go to this fair, and kind of stumble upon a fortune teller lady who tells Nick that he has three weeks from Monday. When he asks her what's next, she says he'll be given the job of protecting all the souls of all the fishes because he was apparently a fish in his previous birth. Next, they're in this aquarium, and we suddenly see him setting a fish free into the sea.

Watching the movie, however, brings forth the following question... Do we appreciate life more when we know for a fact that we don't have much time left? As I might have mentioned over some posts before this, I have a rather nonchalant attitude towards death and dying in general (my own, of course - I still do feel bad over deaths of others) but will I be thinking differently if I knew I was dying? Honestly, I don't know... but chances are I'd most probably come up with a bucket list of my own. What do you think?

It was interesting to note that as the movie progressed, Terry and his suicidal nature began to embrace life as his unlikely friend who was dying went through one crazy fantasy after another with his help. Maybe that's the way it is supposed to be... live life as though there is no tomorrow, and forget all the pressures of living for the future.

* The three weeks left is a very vague point, I'm afraid


  1. Life is very unpredictable, who knows what will happen tommorrow.whenever i think about getting old and counting my days at the death bed, it gives me a very depressing feeling so i live in the moment i don't think think about death and tommorrow anymore, so if i counter the same situation as the guy in the movie i would have enjoyed my last days as carefee and happily because life and death is abslouely under no one's control except God(this is solely what i beleive)

  2. We live like we never going to die and than we die like we never lived ..dont remember who quote it but it made a lot of sense to me.

  3. So would it be worth a rent?

    You can't really live as if you might die tomorrow - because chances are you are not going to die tomorrow and you have responsibilities and bills to pay and children to pay. I mean I do.

  4. Actually I know how sad it will be if I die especially my family. I'm the joy in the family but if it happens, it just happen.

    Yes, I think we will appreciate life more if we know when we are going to die. We will not waste any single minute even second to cherish every moment that we have with quality times.

    Eventually, we will think that it is not enough.

    But honestly, human nature... have we ever feel enough?

  5. It certainly is reason to live the life to the fullest. We do take life for granted sometimes because we feel like we have plenty of time. But do we? Knowing you will die soon changes all that. This sounds like a really good film. I'd like to check it out.

  6. Nowsherwan: Yea, life is unpredicatable. Thanks for sharing...

    Jai: That sounds nice...

    secret agent woman: Yeah, I'd say it is worth the rent... And you're right... chances are we are not going to die tomorrow, I suppose living one day as if we're going to die the next day should suffice :)

    Brian: I agree... humans are probably never content with what they have.

    Ricardo: Yeah... I'm all to familiar with the "I shall tackle that tomorrow" when I could do that this very instant. The movie is pretty good, IMHO.

  7. honestly...
    its easier said then done...
    its realy tuf to live in the present..and not dread the uncertanity of the future..


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