Something brings detachment

Whitney 2022-04-21 09:02:22

"Sorry, we all need something to get us out of the clutter and reality and think more or less about the root of things."


"Detachment" is a very literary film, with impressive presentations on reading, failure, self, etc., and the lines are also very exciting. There are several key words in the film, two of which are "assimilate" (absorption) and "ubiquitousness" (ubiquitousness)" written by Henry teacher on the blackboard and the title detachment.

Regarding "assimilate" (absorption), there is also a wonderful discussion in the film.

When Herry visited his grandfather, he would ask him if he had written it down in the notebook, and when he saw Meredith again, he also gave her the notebook. The many close-ups of notebooks in the film suggest the meaning of reading and recording in the author's mind. We "assimilate" by reading, and recording is an extension of reading, a release after absorption.

About "ubiquitousness" (ubiquitous) I wonder what is ubiquitous in this world?

Information is everywhere, and our minds are always surrounded by all kinds of information around us: the media, authorities, parents, and friends are all telling us how to deal with others, but is this information from the outside the truth of life? Should we obey the needs of society, or should we listen to our hearts? There's a line in the movie that I love: whatever is on my mind, I say there's a feeling. I'm truthful to myself. No matter what I'm thinking, there's a feeling that I'm being honest with myself. The world is too big, the sensuality is endless, but everyone's heart is very small. If you can face it calmly, be honest with yourself, and not be oppressed and coerced, I think it should be a kind of detachment, right?

Difficulties are everywhere, and everyone has them and has their own troubles to deal with. This is how we connect with the world, but all difficulties will be overcome one day, and all troubles will eventually be resolved. If not, learn to live with these troubles, C'est la vie.

Choice is everywhere, and if you can't choose for yourself, you'll be chosen. If you choose to give up, give up focusing on your heart, focus on yourself, and choose not to care, then you will eventually find that you are not only lost, but also yourself. Liu Yuling has a very explosive performance in the film: "A person can easily learn not to care, but learning to care requires a hundred times more effort and courage."

Regarding detachment, which is the ultimate proposition of the film, I think that through the results of Herry's different attitudes towards different girls, I can get a glimpse of it.

Detachment is a movie full of depression, alienation, and gray temperament, like Meredith swallowing that poisonous black cake at the end, ending her last bit of hooking with the world.

She ended all temporary problems by suicide, but is this detachment? The film did not stop here. At the end of the film, Herry went to visit the lost girl. They embraced in the sun. The beauty of that moment was enough to make all the darkness and dullness dissipate.

Herry's rejection of Meredith indirectly led to the tragedy, while her redemption of Erica has completed the detachment of the two people. She can't always let go, but still needs to hold on to. I think this is probably the real meaning of "detachment"...

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  • Morris 2022-03-27 09:01:09

    Forget the little prostitute

  • Rosalia 2022-03-27 09:01:09

    What touched me was that the teacher was not angry when faced with abusive students, he said you can't hurt me because I have self-awareness, and later in class he told them to read to cultivate self-awareness so that they would not be led by the nose go. This is where his detachment succeeds, where he can talk to students calmly. But the girl who loves to take pictures committed suicide, but it reflects the inability of his detachment to complete. So he goes back to the little girl and he's also learning not to stay out of the way all the time (I guess

Detachment quotes

  • Henry Barthes: Y'know you can't... you can't keep living on the street...

    Erica: I'm not, I mean, I'm staying here with you.

    Henry Barthes: Well, you can't continue to stay here with me. I'm not good for you...

    Erica: That's not true. You're like, the only family I've ever had...

    Henry Barthes: Well, I can't be your family, I can't give you what you need. You have to understand, you should be...

    Erica: You're good and gentle, you're the most kind... I love you Henry. Don't let them take me, please nooooooooo, you're all I have, please don't let me go.

    [Social workers take her away still protesting]

  • Henry Barthes: I am money, I change hands like the dollar bill, that has been rubbed by a lamp; Then a genie appeared and cried loudly, with volume; But the tears were all for myself, and that's where it all went wrong