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Getting into the head space of writer's block
on May 11, 2014
Tom Macy's performance as an indecisive, depressed, and frustrated writer is amazing. He is a beauty under wraps, trying to emerge from the amorphous chrysalis stage by writing his way out. The director has a rather Sadistic purpose, getting the viewer to FEEL into the character's compulsive desire to control his environment while being increasingly isolated. Depression leads to prescription drugs and all of the so called side effects. If you have ever had to deal with the suicide of someone who took an antidepressant in their teens or early twenties, this film is gut wrenching. Unfortunately all too true, and I had to revisit that territory. I am grateful to the director for this experience and the story line, which stresses the possibility of choice and different outcomes.
From a Jungian psychoanalytical perspective, this film is excellent. Brian, the main character, is the conscious personality, the ego. The inner Shadow, Joe, and the elusive woman (the anima) are projected out onto real people and Brian isn't sure what he wants or who is real. The choice makes all the difference and integration of the self is the process exhibited here. The boredom and stuckness, the frustration and indecision are painful to experience and the feeling of fragmentation is created on purpose. I can see why the ordinary viewer would hate this film. It is too close to reality!
This is an art film, not recommended for superficial viewers who want a clear story line to follow. This is more like a choose your own adventure book with several possibilities. A psychotherapist would love this film, I did.