Since I began thinking about things in terms of constrained universes of expression, I can’t help studying how movies establish its universe with the viewers.

The movie I saw last night completely overthrew, about a third into the it, the universe it had set up. Then the movie restarted at the beginning, showing the events from the point of view of the other of its two main characters.

The instance this happens, a whole new set of possibilities is opened. From this point, all events that take place are either events that have already taken place in the first segment, or new ones that shed light on the old events. And as the second segment so completely redefines what you thought happened in the first part of the film, you get excited, trying to figure out what is going to happen.

Writing this, I come to think of Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train, which is a film where three episodes shown consecutively, all take place at the same time. But compared to the movie from last night, it only gradually dawns on you that this is the case. But the effect is the same: more and more is revealed to you, increasing your curiosity about the climax.

The above was posted to my personal weblog on August 28, 2003. My name is Peter Lindberg and I am a thirtysomething software developer and dad living in Stockholm, Sweden. Here, you’ll find posts in English and Swedish about whatever happens to interest me for the moment.


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