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A schoolteacher (Miereveld or "field of ants") is entranced by one of his students (Fran). Not being able to have his love fulfilled he tries to escape it and moves house and job. Working for the justice department he is invited by the coroner to join a post mortem examination which leads to an encounter with his former student and the possibility to no longer escape his love. Written by
A student's beauty lies beyond a schoolteacher's reach
"The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short" (1966) is a philosophical movie while also having a story that makes it a late noir. The movie tells me that a human being needs a philosophy to live by and that it's natural to evaluate one's life somehow. Yet the quest to connect to something outside of human life, above and beyond it cannot be completely satisfied. We settle for what we can make of it. The protagonist of the story, a happily married man with two clever children, nevertheless is in love with a beautiful and talented student of his at the story's opening. It is a love that's unrequited. He cannot be happy without it; he cannot be happy if it tore his family apart. It is a secret love at a distance, and part of it is the beauty possessed by the student. The script has a good deal to say about beauty; and it also delves into the soul and what happens after death. Desires can be fulfilled, we are told, but not the largest quest, which is to raise what we do to a heavenly level.
While my comments are abstract, the story is not. It is very specific and real. I did not want to outline it much at all. There really is no need and it's written well enough to pull you in. You will even understand why the hero is so fastidious.
The story portrays the psychological state of the man, and it's connected to the philosophical. When we learn about the woman he has loved at a distance, we find the same type of connection. However, her situation is very different from his.
The movie is very simple on the surface but still very compelling, that is, if you go for the philosophical. It's not as rich or complex or detailed as "The Seventh Seal", for example, but it's as thoughtful in its own way. It's not as violent or thrilling by any means as "Psycho", but it, like that movie, is about psychological aberration too and has something to say about it.
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