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It is uncanny how this film articulates my thoughts, as well as reprimands me for entertaining ideas that may (or may not) have planted themselves in my mind.
The idea of hope:
One likes to think there's always hope. That you can live above death. And it's a uniquely human fantasy that things will get better, born perhaps of the uniquely human understanding that things will not.
Animals live in the present. Humans cannot, so they invented hope.
How long does a moment last? A second? A fraction of that? A thousandth? Or a millionth? Does it last as short as a glance or as long as a piece of music?
We may never know how long exactly a moment lasts, or how much time before 'the present' turns to past, but this film has something to say that's for certain:
Not everything is fleeting. Some feelings are deep.
Indeed, some feelings – those embedded in a single moment, as individual scenes make this whole film – last for a lifetime.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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