03.16.2017

An Eight-Minute Lesson on the Meaning of Life

Alike is a Spanish animated short film that shows us the way in which we all live, hinting at its obvious absurdity with simplicity and candor

The succession of repetitive gestures performed by the main character from Alike, a bank employee named Copi, is a bit of a cinematic cliché, evoking the famous assembly line scene from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times.
 
In a way, it seems to suggest that, in spite of the epoch-making change from industrial to knowledge economy, alienation as an aspect of the working life seems is far from extinct - and indeed in the digital world the isolation and loneliness of the employee appears even more obvious, along with the increasing amount of time that we devote to working and thus subtract from our personal and emotional lives in a world where we are constantly connected.
 
The eight-minute Alike short film draws inspiration from this simple observation, so naive an yet so illuminating, depicting the latent absurdity of our way of life through the eyes of a child, Paste, on which father Copi - as the name itself suggests - is gradually and inexorably "pasting" his own resignation to the rules of a literally gray existence, deprived of alla curiosity and distractions.
 
But there is hope, of course - and it appears in the form of a musical epiphany that results in an embrace restoring color to the existence.
Alike has been directed by Daniel Martínez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez and produced by Daniel Martínez Lara and La Fiesta P.C. with the support of Pepe-School-Land
 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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