A short film was brought to my attention – “A Strange Thing About the Johnsons” and, oh, man, is it ever strange (http://vimeo.com/32483624)! I do have to issue a warning: You might find this disturbing in its implications and could probably upset the most sturdiest of sensibilities so now that I’ve told you this, use your own best judgement about following the link, okay?
I’m currently watching it on my iPod because I hate streaming and buffering with a passion and, yep, what I’ve seen so far is quite disturbing as well as, um, a bit different that what I know about this stuff. Without giving a lot of it away – if you’ve decided to follow the link – someone said it was “disturbingly brilliant” and as I watch this, I kinda have to agree with that assessment; it’s that accident you can’t help but look at.
The strangeness isn’t as much about what’s going on but how it’s being dealt with and, this, too, is disturbing. On the whole, it offends the sensibilities; it makes you not want to acknowledge that, yeah, this happens and the results, as depicted in this short film, are shocking. I’ve seen the words “sick” and “disgusting” and, yep, I can see how one would react to this; hell, it even made me go, “Whoa…” and I don’t get shocked very easily about too many things.
The part I’m watching now did, in fact, shock me – again and if you choose to watch this, you will see what I’m talking about, oh, 20:53 into this short film. I’m really trying hard not to give away the farm on this one but after I got over my moment of shock, yeah, this reaction could really happen and I can understand why it could happen.
I have to say again that the subject of this film is something we’d rather not admit exists. Even as I’m writing this, my mind is automatically filling in the blanks about how such a thing could happen in the first place… and it disturbingly makes sense if you can step back and look at the logic of the situation for a moment. Doesn’t mean the whole thing is acceptable or that it isn’t deplorable but, well, it could easily happen like this for real.
Alix made the original post about this (http://abrowngirl.com/2011/11/short-film-strange-johnsons/) and, in her comments, she said that while this is sick and disgusting in her opinion, the film has a purpose, that is, to bring this into the light so that we can engage in intelligent discourse about it instead of, as I put it, not hiding our heads in the sand about it. In our never-ending war against the subject of this short film, yeah, Alix is right: We must know the enemy if we ever hope to defeat it and, sometimes, we are the enemy and, if you really - and I mean this with the most seriousness I can bring to bear – look at the root cause, we set the stage to create this particular monster.
This film will slap you dead in the face and make you rethink the whole predator and prey thing. At the point where the film stopped on my iPod – and for reasons I can’t figure out yet – something was said about the other person being responsible for what’s going on… and, as films go, it made me go, “Huh?” and got me wondering if I missed something and, indeed, when you watch this, you kinda get the sense that you literally came into the middle of something. You see what’s going on but your mind – or at least mine – starts wondering about the “real” beginning of this.
As film making goes, well, it leaves a great deal of room for thought – and it will make you think as you try to make sense out of what you’re watching. The making of it is, indeed, brilliant; it’s message is disturbing. It makes you wonder what the greater offense is and I will tell you in advance that there are two offenses portrayed, in my opinion and, again, you will see both of them in action and you will know it when you see it… if you see it.
I’m not going all out about this one, not because I’m that disturbed but because seeing it for yourself is way better than any words I can use to describe it so if you go there, I’m not trying to spoil this for you. Look at it – and then come to your own conclusions. And if you wanna talk about it, well, you know where and how to find me…
P.S.: I didn’t write this to hijack Alix’s original post; I wrote about it here to “bridge the gap” so that people who aren’t following her can know about the film – and so I could lead you to her site as well. Alix gets all the credit for the original idea!