recursive

man cannot finish watching a film about a man who cannot finish watching a film about a man who cannot finish watching a film about a man who cannot finish watching a film…

the film is about body deformities, and the impact they have on real lives.  the man is interrupted in watching by a series of people who complain to him about their ‘first-world problems’ in the midst of statistically rare privilege and luxury, which they take for granted.  their complaints contain axioms that reveal their carefully incubated normalcy bias, and he shows signs of growing frustration and cognitive dissonance as he attempts to briefly conform to their wishes in spite of his increasing contempt, sadness, and unwieldy emotional response to the film’s message.  the film pauses with someone reaching for the camera’s shutter and turning it off.  the next scene begins with a glow on the man’s face, but the man cannot take any more.  he begins to mentally break down while standing and walking away from the screen, which is not shown.  the camera shot ‘becomes’ the beginning scene in the film of the next loop sequence.

this recursive camera display loops six or seven times, with each loop containing a different set of increasingly controversial and unsubstantiated axioms.  the man has the exact same reactions each time, and each time the last scene of the film glows white in his face before he walks away.

the last loop ends differently, with the man himself reaching beyond the camera’s view to turn it off, with the screen going white to glow in the audience’s face.

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