Monday, 21 October 2013

About Time (UK, 2013)

Genre: Romance

About Time is such an ordinary film and yet its message is extraordinary: to see wonder and find fulfilment in ordinariness, to live lighter (as if for the first time), and to live fuller (as if for the last time). Reminiscent of Nietzsche’s idea of eternal recurrence, the mechanics of time-travel within this film are slightly different: the potential to re-live the past differently, though the further back you go, any historical change you make risks unexpected changes in the present. However poor the film might be at science-fiction, that is not its purpose. Its greatness lies in its exploration of happiness in ordinary life. The lesson from the protagonist’s father is that life is beautiful, even with its little misfortunes, if we re-live each night the beautiful moments forgotten in the worries of the day. The lesson from the protagonist goes a step further: even this would be unnecessary if we are fully present to life in the first place, mindful, awake to the little things. Life is a prayer to be the best we can be, to do and to be, to cherish and to grow, to live — for love — in its deepest expression.

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