Children of Men

July 21, 2007 at 7:14 pm 3 comments

In a bonus feature on the dvd, Zizek discusses history and periphery in Children of Men. I don’t have a lot to add beyond suggesting that this is the most compelling political film I’ve seen recently. Its depiction of Guantanamo quality immigration policy presents the near conclusion of our current political trajectory. There is a unique spot in hell for George Bush and his administration. For immigrant workers in the United States, political prisoners suffering “extraordinary rendition“, and the ever amassing dead in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the poverty stricken hovels of neo-colonial blight, hell is somewhat nearer. Alfonso Cuaron‘s film is a concussive gift.

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Entry filed under: Alfonso Cuaron, Children of Men, Film, movie, Zizek.

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  • 1. cerebraljetsam  |  July 22, 2007 at 9:35 am

    I liked it as well. How did you read the ending? (the whole ship called “tomorrow” issue)–hope, actual potentiality (if so, can the nuclear family be a savior–or was it post-Oedipal), or maybe even sarcasmI am still not entirely sure on this. I talk to Madhu about it a little who did not like the film but neither of us really came to a conclusion how we would like to read it (maybe the novels helps–depending on how closely the film follows it–but sadly I haven’t read it).

  • 2. cerebraljetsam  |  July 22, 2007 at 9:36 am

    wow–bad editing–sorry!

  • 3. skunkcabbage  |  July 22, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    Huh, I’d be interested to hear Madhu’s reading of the film. I wasn’t particularly disturbed by the tomorrow business. It would be precious were it not for the awful of everything that came prior. I like Zizek’s unmoored boat theory. Guess I take the ship as a metaphor–in fact as I’m typing this I realize that the emergence from the tunnel is mostly an allegorical move–they exit the cave to find uncertainty (and possibly death for Theo), but also a more sturdy boat called tomorrow. So does history require a leap of faith–is there an out? I don’t think it hurts to tell us to paddle a bit.

    I would guess this is post-oedipal–although it would be interesting to see how Kee and her baby are treated on the ship. Seemed to be all men on deck as I recall.


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