Lemmings, Part 2 – Injuries

Lemmings, Part 2 – Injuries ★★★★

The December Project: Film #60

I mentioned in my review of Lemmings, Part 1: Arcadia that Bergman's influence upon Haneke in this two-part piece was far more prominent in the latter half. Part 2: Injuries picks up the story of the first part's young protagonist 20 years later, examining them in the (then) modern day. Separated mostly from each other in that time, they meet again over a dinner that plays like something straight out of Bergman, welling emotional intensity gradually overturning the civility of the evening as simple humanity explodes forth. Injuries is an extraordinary complement to its predecessor, at once stylistically divergent and tonally in-synch, bringing the themes of the first part full circle and managing to masterfully and succinctly convey the way the scars of our youth shape our future forever in a manner that foreshadows The White Ribbon a whole three decades down the line. This part is the less visceral and confrontational, yet somehow the rawer and more powerful too. Arcadia exhibited at least a trace of hope. Injuries, its protagonists bearing the wisdom of age and the benefit of experience, recognises just how easy it is for all hope to be lost.