(flowers i got for my birthday)
Have you seen the movie, Miranda July’s ‘The Future’? TRAILER HERE. It seems none of my friends have and I really want to talk about it!
The film was irritating in some ways and yet it left a big impression on me. There was a scene where Miranda July’s character Sophie is bursting with creative yearning and wants to MAKE SOMETHING…but she ends up pinned against the living room wall looking back and forth at bits of furniture while time ticks on by. I found that depiction of creative inertia/paralysis very compelling. I could relate to it, not on a literal level but on an emotional level. I’ve felt a lot like that lately!
I also like the way the film depicts the human relationship with the world at the moment — overwhelmed by how broken the planet is, our response is most often inertia and seeking solace in the internet…instead of engaging our creativity, connecting with others, trying to change things.
This movie is one of those polarising ones – people seem to either adore it or find it irritatingly quirky and self-indulgent. I am somewhere in the middle – I loved the tone of it, what it was examining about the human psyche, and there were several scenes I found breathtaking and can’t get out of my mind….then there was some cloying cuteness that over-sugared it for me. (Talking cat, talking moon, eccentric old dude.)
The film features an old yellow t-shirt that Sophie uses as a sort of security blanket. I thought it was symbolic/totemic/archetypal but reading interviews with MJ, that part is autobiographical and she really has a manky old yellow t-shirt which she carries around with her!
A couple more Miranda July links:
Have you ever seen Miranda July’s music video for Blonde Redhead? Simple but weirdly hypnotic HERE.
Here is a little film where Miranda July offers help to the easily distracted.
If you’ve seen it, I’d love you to tell me what you thought about it!