Symmetry: A Palindromic Film

The title pretty much says it all. This is a film where the second half is exactly the same as the first, except reversed and mirrored. Director Yann Pineill explains: “The second part doesn’t act like a simple rewinding, but as the following of the first. It explores all sorts of symmetry: compositions, shapes, sounds and music, scenario, colors, actions, time.” But it’s not just interesting visual tricks either. The film beautifully shows a rocky relationship between two twentysomething lovers, and the mirroring actually moves the plot forward as opposed to merely repeating the past. The key moment comes right at the axis of symmetry, where the guy is in the apartment of another woman listening to a radio. A voice on the radio asks, “Why is the past different from the future? Because the laws of physics are time-symmetric.” By constructing his film this way, Pineill forces us to think about the cyclical nature of time and relationships, as well as the fallibility of our perception and memory.

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