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