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We Have Decided Not to Die (2004)

Three wordless rituals: birth, between, and rebirth. A woman lies at the bottom of a swimming pool, alone. The camera pans her body. She starts to rise, then sinks; convulsions follow and ... See full summary »

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Kasia Werstak ...
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Daniel Askill ...
Ritual 2
Jordan Askill ...
Ritual 3
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Three wordless rituals: birth, between, and rebirth. A woman lies at the bottom of a swimming pool, alone. The camera pans her body. She starts to rise, then sinks; convulsions follow and then she rises and hovers above the pool. A shirtless man in white pants stands in an asphalt lot, a car visible on either side. Convulsions begin. The cars back up, still facing him and each other. They pause; they race toward him. He leaps. A youth, shirtless and in white shorts, stands in front of a tall building. Doors open, he enters and walks to an elevator. Convulsions strike him as he rides to a top floor, exits the elevator, pauses, and runs toward a window. He crashes through. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Three rituals. Three figures. Three modern day journeys of transcendence.

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21 July 2006 (USA)  »

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Nous avons décidé de ne pas mourir  »

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Part of the omnibus of international short films, "The World According to Shorts." See more »

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Beautiful short caught by chance
20 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So, I won't mention what any of the other reviewers are saying because if you want to know what this special short film is about then you can read the plot synopsis or the other reviews.

I will say that I sat down on my couch, stoned, and started to watch a different short on IFC that was followed by this: A beautifully crafted and strange short film that I could never begin to explain. Well, I could try to explain it but I doubt my interpretation would matter. I didn't get bored, but hey, I was stoned(I'm also not one of those stoner's who think everything is interesting when I'm stoned, it actually gives me quite the short attention span), so say what you will.

My favorite ritual was the third, the other two were well done but this one stagnated in my mind for the longest time.

My only real gripe with this is the first ritual. I enjoyed it but it made me feel sort of uneasy, maybe that was the goal seeing as how it was meant to represent a womb? who knows. great stuff.


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