« If, as Freud thought, "man becomes neurotic because he can not bear the degree of renunciation demanded by society", he became depressed because he must bear the illusion that everything is possible for him. »
Alain EhrenbergThis short movie follows an ageless man, from his wake up until Sunset, in an empty city in Northern California. As we seeing him walking the city, we are invited to share his thoughts and feelings about life. But as we are hearing the man talking, the viewer is slowly realising that these feelings are not only the man’s personal feelings but also common feelings about life, loneliness, disillusionment. Indeed, as many other contemporary individuals, we are facing the same problematics in our life : the multiplication of choices that we have to make in our everyday life will determine our future. This multiplication of choices is double-edged : it is a fantastic possibility and a burden. In the case of our character the multiplication of choices make him hard to cope with everyday life. By finally discovering that these feelings are commonly shared with others he will be relieved.
To write the story, the director drew into Michel Foucault theory of self-governmentality and Alain Ehrenberg work about the construction of the contemporary self. As social structures are becoming less rigid in our life (jobs, religion, marriage,...), we are 'set free' which means that we have to make our own choices among many different ways of life. This can be called ‘injunction of the self’ and even though everything seems now possible, the burden of the proliferation of choices inducts saturation.
In order to depict the feelings of this man, the camera tries to follow him in his wandering in the city. Shaking movements express the difficulty to make his own choices. Close up takes and voice over embody this invitation to share his deepest thoughts. Far from a simple scopic drive, this proximity intends to create empathy among the spectators. As if, we were witnesses of doubts and uncertainty which are not trivial but common.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Originating from France, Jeremy Joseph lived and worked in several countries in Europe (Sweden, Iceland, Finland) and in the USA, as a musician and photographer assistant.
Along his artistic activities, he is a PhD candidate (he shot 55 Chances during a visiting scholars invitation at UC Berkeley in California). He currently lives in northen England where he continues his two activities. For the past years, he taught in various universities in Paris the relation between medias, culture and society and he is the authors of several writings on the subject.