suffer again

Jadon 2022-07-07 23:23:21

On and off screen, Karen, the male protagonist who plays Jesus, faces trial. In the play, Jesus is crucified to accept human wrath, and off-screen, Karen is taken to court for destroying facilities in the theater. And the reason he destroyed the facility was because the audition director in the theater wanted the audition actress to strip naked, and he overturned the table angrily. At this time in court, he refused the lawyer's defense, and he refused to defend himself, and he accepted the punishment of the law against him, just like Socrates.

The first half of the film mainly shows the Crucifixion performed by a pioneering theatrical group headed by Karen. The audience can constantly follow the actors to change locations, just like watching a real event, eliminating the distance between the stage and the auditorium. At the same time, the retrospection, research and redefinition of the life of Jesus by team members are also quite postmodernist. For example, Jesus was the illegitimate son of a soldier, Pantilla, who later became the son of a carpenter. Before the Byzantine era, the portrait of Jesus did not have a beard, and the beard was added later to increase the sense of strength. Jesus was a magician when he was in Egypt, doing all kinds of tricks and so on. The second half of the film ends the show and returns to reality, with Karen being taken to court, where he refuses to defend himself. The performance of the play was suddenly withdrawn by the investor, and the performance venue was lost. He could have become a very commercial "modern Jesus" under the advice of his lawyers, who could publish a book, be on TV, and become a master admired by thousands of people, but he was also rejected by him. Even the church priest who has always supported him revealed to him the most blasphemous truth: not everyone has the money to pay for psychotherapy, so they came to the church to confess to God, and the priest became a free counselor. Karen's pursuit of art and belief has been ostracized in reality, despised, and unable to move an inch. In this era of totalitarian culture and the proliferation of cultural commodities, art is being assimilated and unidirectional, everything is controlled by capital, art has become a commodity that can be analyzed by big data, and there is no personality. In the last performance, the police asked Karen to stop the performance. The muscular and muscular audience clashed with the police, and finally knocked down Karen who was "crucified" on the cross, causing Karen to be injured and finally passed away. Before his death, Karen vented his desperation for the world to every stranger who stopped on the street, a false Jesus, a false God, he lived for his faith, and when his faith died, his life ended .

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  • Court Psychologist: Having to act in a passion play on the mountain... don't you ever feel this is ridiculous?

    Daniel: No. The subject is great, though not very original.

    Court Psychologist: Sure. But this part for an actor is somewhat flimsy, wouldn't you say?

    Daniel: I don't know. The part of Jesus is not what I would call flimsy work.

    Court Psychologist: You did come up with the private conservatory. Wouldn't you like to have a bright career and play the major theatres?

    Daniel: I was away awhile. Seems normal to start at the bottom of the ladder.

  • Martin: Doing tragedy is dangerous.