Erin’s review published on Letterboxd:
After the movie ended, a woman exclaimed, "That was entertaining! :)" I started shaking with anger and my stomach heaved.
It sickens me to think some audiences will walk away from this film with nothing but delight in their hearts. This film is SO CLEARLY about class struggle, and yet, even a non-esoteric attempt to speak to these issues will not reach the souls of so many. How many people watched a home fill with shit and sewer water and think, "whoa! Gross! How entertaining!" What an incredibly soulless reaction. I wonder what it's like to be so distant from your own humanity.
This film is the highest grossing foreign film in America this year. It tells a story in a way that is easy to comprehend, yet there are lots of nuances for the critical mind to sink their teeth into. Which was your favorite motif? How people walk up and down stairs? The obsession with children enlisting in the scouts, and how these skills translate to their adult lives? Perhaps one that I didn't notice?
It's easy to watch some esoteric cinema and think, "well this couldn't mobilize the masses because it's too confusing." This film is not confusing! I now realize mobilization and getting people to care has nothing to do with how the film relates their message through the medium. People will see what the want to see.
I wondered why this film became #1 on Letterboxd. I think I know why, but I'm not sure. Why do you think this is the case?
I am pleased that the best film of the year was directed by a Virgo AND IT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. Grounded in its story, yet brimming with specificity and an understanding for current political and socio-economic contexts. I'm so proud of this Virgo Legend.
A year ago, I probably would have ended this review with "people will see what they want to see." I'm still has bitter as ever, but I've also learned to see the everyday magic of the world. I'm also more interested in engaging with others, because I know my thoughts are the end all be all of the discussion.
Softer, wiser, more grounded, more mean - this is me at the end of 2019.