A Life Lived in the Rat Race

Leave it to the French to author the final word on Corporate Darwinism. “Switch” is a short film by Jean-Julein Pous and Pierre Prinzbach intended to convey “…a methaphysical thought about time. It’s the destiny of humanity through a character and its different choices, materialized by doubles of himself.”

A spartan yet somewhat cryptic work, Switch slams the viewer with distopian imagery reminiscent of the Matrix or George Lucas’s THX 1138. In it, a man (seemingly born into servitude) must choose from the limited paths presented to him as he blindly races down an array of infinite corridors. Some of these lead to wealth, some to passion, and others to simply more yet unopened doors. We are left with the suggestion that the entire race is little more than a mad dash towards death.

This piece, already receiving high recognition on the foreign film festival circuit,
falls well within the French Existentialist tradition.

Heavy stuff for a weekend internet foray, yes. But what better time than the wee hours of a Saturday morning to question the worth of ones existence, no?

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