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Fraser
2012-Sep-19, 03:10 PM
A new short film called “Grounded” portrays an astronaut stranded on another planet. The film combines great storytelling with stunning effects, and the visuals are nothing short of convincingly and stunningly real. But the ethereal, dream-like nature of the film is reminiscent of the ending of the movie “2001,” so, actually understanding the plot is [...]

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LoneTree1941
2012-Sep-24, 05:26 AM
At the link it says (in part) " - ... But the ethereal, dream-like nature of the film is reminiscent of the ending of the movie “2001,” so, actually understanding the plot is not what the film is about. Instead it invites “unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer ... - " But I think it is about something making the viewer think bout it and work out what happened. Sort of like a very short version of the cult movie Mullholland Drive, which is replete with chronological anomalies to be worked out to get some kind of satisfaction beyond the tragedy of a wasted life.


I think I have it figured out.
The old guy who slaps the wrist of the young guy who swooped in on a parachute is a figment of a dream who never existed in real time. He's the future incarnation of the guy who wakes up on the ground at the end. He wasn't killed by the man who fell from the unsnapped parachute, but lived to come to consciousness later, and in his dream-time he inserted the man falling who hit him into his dream of having spent a lifetime on the planet, turning it green (terraforming it in a crude dreamlike way) with vegetation. Like the ideal of time spent greening a planet, he gave the falling man the ability to levitate at will. All of that was a way of denial of, or contradiction to the real situation of dying without completing the mission.

If there is an interpretation (all artwork has an obligatory interpretation), maybe it is that sometimes the best we can hope for is to be found in our dreams.

iquestor
2012-Sep-24, 11:44 AM
thanks for the link. I enjoyed watching it. LoneTree I think your interpretation is good. I was along the same lines but didnt pick up on the levitation thread as you did. awesome.

iquestor
2012-Sep-29, 06:19 PM
watching this again, pay attention to the last sequence. I missed this the first time -- there are three astronauts, all the same man. The first, whi was DOA and had his helmet removed by thesecond, whose faceplate cracked. After the scene with the old man, the third man, the one who fell and struck #2, awakes, also the same man. wierd. on sirst viewing I thought it was a replay of the second man awaking.