A modern man is obsessed with finding inner salvation.

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A sweating man breathes rapidly from exertion as he open a packet and pulls out a DVD with the words "Salvation comes from within" on it. Impatiently he plays the film, which appears to be a Max Fleischer cartoon of the three blind mice singing. Soon, the mice deliver a message, telling the man to go to a specific street corner. Off he runs, through modern Los Angeles crowds. At the designated corner, a street person talks to him about shoes, then a cell phone rings, which he finds and answers. A voice sends him running - to avert a tragedy, to find salvation, or because he's trapped in earthly pursuits? Is this cosmic cat and mouse? Will he stop to smell the roses? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Forward and Backward Relentlessness
18 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie intrigues as a post-modern existential play. The backdrop of human existence is the fast paced, tecno-driven urban encounter of man and technology. The search for meaning is conveyed by the false sense of urgency or danger. Life is depicted as being driven by screens: plasma screens, watch screens, t.v. screens, pda screens. Flash memory configures and guides it all.

The titles "Dr. Awkward" and Do Geese See God each spell the same thing forward and backward, further symbolizing the relentless swing of the pendulum of life.

The "rat" life, as man in a rat cage running is cleverly depicted by the three blind mice, the mouse that is really the "weasel" which pops constantly from the turning of the handle; the quote of Einstein, re-configured to suggests that "time" cannot save, but confuses. It is the nature of humanity immersed in time to be anxious and driven.

The photo of the untied, clean, unused shoes....and the statement of the street person" I am God" must be heard backward: I am "Dog". To society, only dogs lay around and enjoy things.

Under the metaphor of the flower we accept the message, which is not bland, but sends us to search the rest of the movie for hidden clues to how to be still. We are not to be fooled by the taking off of the watch. That is too easy. As the number 181 is the same number forward and backwards, taking off the watch is just the backward action of putting it on again. We do this every morning and every night, which is symbolized by the repetition of finding the CD and starting the sequence all over again.

The meaning of the film is found in the emotion, the rush, the pace, and the incongruent of the screen life with the evergreen that sits quietly at the "real screen" of the window of the city. Dr. Awkward never look out of this screen, to contemplate the world. He rushes from one manufactured screen to another. Like us.


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