Perception de Ambiguity on Apr 3 2016, 11:50:20 PM wrote:Maybe a newborn soul - one that hadn't already lived a life and got accustomed to the laws of physics, of society, etc. - could have made some sense out of this reversed causality that would have seemed natural,
That's what I thought when the film started.
But because he actually knows what he is talking about, and knows some laws, Forms and traditions - the "usual" course of life, maybe instead of being a "newborn soul" or a soul that is bullshitting itself, it's a soul which had lived life in a deranged way, and now needs to reconstruct something. Well, most of his thoughts are crazy, but I think there might be people living somewhere today who are also convinced they receive their wives as a gift from the government, but which needs to be assembled. Which is not to say that such comparisons (like prison=school, priest visiting before execution=person who gives life advice, butchering his wife=the act of "receiving" his wife by the state) aren't curious and aren't means to provoke the viewer to think.
Perception de Ambiguity on Apr 3 2016, 11:50:20 PM wrote:Though - and I realized that it probably wasn't clear in my write-up how exactly I interpreted the ending - I like to think of the last scene as being his first memory. Since he naturally has no memory of his birth, nor of his first few years alive, he also can't continue his fictional narrative. Although he was alive for four more years or whatever, his consciousness hadn't developed yet.
That makes most sense and would in a certain way imply the happy end in the best possible sense, one of "eternal bliss" - "they lived happily ever after" after all, in a synthesis of innocent childhood and old age, supposedly the two times of being free, open to a world of possibilities, traveling and exploring.
Perception de Ambiguity on Apr 3 2016, 11:50:20 PM wrote:But if we take it as being the soul you could have a point too, and maybe there really should be no reason why he couldn't continue his fictional narrative all the way to his birth (and maybe even further) if he wanted to. And he was bullshitting himself all the way through it, why would it be any different with the ending?
Sure, and I wouldn't have minded seeing another 3 hour of this
A hypothetical narrative of him surviving the 'crippling' and birth, passing to an existence even further, beyond the life we're being shown, would turn this one much more metaphysical, in a way confirming the ''soul'-reading' and being akin to the ending of 'Enter the Void' (what? another Noé film?). Beliefs about an afterlife are evoked even more, and talking about the eternal recurrence thought experiment in this sense would make a lot of sense too.
But eventually, given the constrained runtime of the film, the ending as shown in the film is probably the better one, and like I said, the much more drastic disorienting "leaps" to arrive there are one of the things that support the "bullshitting" interpretation.