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It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012), dir. Don Hertzfeldt



"You will only get older."


You have an hour to spare. I know you have an hour to spare. Please, please, PLEASE make this film that hour. It's one of the most amazing and gorgeous things I've ever seen. One of the most unbelievable and meaningful and important experiences that a human being can have with a work of cinema, and if you disagree with me, then I can only say that I respect your opinion but I'm also sorry that you didn't get out of this beauty what I got out of it.


Right now, I feel the same way that I felt after watching Lilja 4-Ever the first time: completely, emotionally paralyzed... and also filled with joy for the life that I have been given. Thankful for what I have been provided with. Blessed. This film points out all of the quirks and all of the terrible and wonderful and strange things about humans that make us what we are. It's a celebration of storytelling, and life, and even death, because it makes you realize that the inevitability of death, as a part of life, is a gift.


Death must exist for life to have meaning; most people live their entire lives fearing the great unknown that comes after, wasting this thing we call time - a futile concept which we have produced in an attempt to measure and control our existence. Embrace your life. Be kind for as long as you have the ability to be kind, before the notion of kindness disappears and your soul moves on to wherever it's meant to move on to.


Take an hour. Watch this film. Experience this experience. It's worth it; it will teach you the things that many human beings are never taught, and who leave this world bitter and sad and regretful. There's no point in that, no joy... without death, life loses meaning.


10/10



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