Reflect on the absurd nature of war through a unique three-act play

Kendra 2022-07-20 17:05:22

One of the most pleasing films to see at this year's Hong Kong International Film Festival. This kind of works that take into account both form and content, and have good audio-visual style and expression theme were popular in the 1990s, but have become rarer in recent years. I hadn't seen the Israeli director's debut feature, Lebanon, but I was struck by this work that has been dormant for many years, reflecting on the absurd nature of war through the director's unique three-act play. The narrative of the first act in a closed family is ironic. The opening has a hint of a dictatorship under the repressive rule of the dictatorship. The son who died on the battlefield is the first to be sad for the parents, but the bereaved person uses coercive means to control the parents' sadness. , but also skipped the procedure of seeing the son's body and directly arranged the funeral. Such absurd plot design reached its peak when the mourner informed the son that he was not dead. This kind of black humor throws suspense and undoubtedly makes the audience look forward to the next plot. If this scene is a light-hearted mockery of the government's disregard for the lives of soldiers, then the narrative of the second act, which depicts four young soldiers guarding the border, is extremely sharp, and the continued sense of absurdity is gradually increasing. The decadent, despairing and boring mood of the soldiers collided with the surreal images one after another (foxtrot, camel, leaning house), creating a strong sense of absurd humor. The sudden shooting scene breaks this sense of oppression with a contrasting audio-visual style, which plunges the audience into a more desperate and gloomy atmosphere. If this scene can be regarded as confronting the absurd and cruel nature of war, then the design of the third act is unexpected. The scene returns to the home of the first act, and the audience, who thought his son was safe and sound, was deeply stunned by the uncontrollable sadness of his mother. The huge suspense of whether the son is dead or not finally leaked out in the parent's dialogue, but this final scene is not the theme. This scene mainly depicts the emotional catharsis of the parents who lost their loved ones and their helplessness and calmness in the face of fate. The biggest highlight is the satirical and humorous effect of a hand-drawn cartoon of his son before his death. The appearance of the animation scene is amazing, vividly linking the fate of the father and the son, and immediately makes the image of the father more three-dimensional and vivid. This paragraph suddenly reminded me of an Israeli animation "Waltzing with Bashir" many years ago. The memory presentation and dream-like processing, as well as the same cruel background of war, not only made me sigh the thinking of Israeli filmmakers on human nature and war. . At first glance, the three-act play is governed by itself, and the characters' emotions and space are not the same. After a closer look, it is found that there is an absurd sense of humor throughout, except that the third act is weaker. structure The above is more in line with the design of the title "Foxtrot". The back-shaped structure adds a sense of fate to the story and expounds the fatal trauma caused by the war to the family. From a stylistic point of view, the director likes to use the overhead shot, and both the first and second scenes appear. Whether it is the psychological portrayal of the father after hearing the news of the mourner, or the picture of the soldiers acting in the border defense area, the camera hovering above the characters' heads is like a god. The eye overlooks all living beings, and the unique visual perception is not only closely connected with the sense of fate of the story, but also enables the audience to have a deeper understanding of the characters and stories.

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