The situation itself highlights a dilemma. The fear of going for it, or the humiliation of backing down. What are we like when we hesitate, and when we decide? How do we behave when we’re alone, and what are we like when relating to others?.
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Tremendous amalgam of the real and allegory. Seems indebted, in a good way, to Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab. The music spoils and flips the meaning of it all, though. A shame, because the dive itself and the formal qualities of of the last shot say everything perfectly. Silence would have been the best choice. Shocking that such a well-made, thoughtful film would rupture the meaning and form like that.