I think that The Arsonist is a gutsy film because it challenges the audience to see deeper into the human condition. It is stylish because of the use of music and image sequences to portray a person disintegrating into amorality. It shows Vincent changing from an alienated professor to a personally engaged but dangerous and amoral psychologist. The actors are superb and the photography is brilliant and creative. My favorite shot is at the beginning in the classroom when Vincent opens the shade and the light on Diana's face changes to a glaring brightness. The definitive moment in the film is when the camera closes in on John's face when he ignores John's problem and instead tells him of some personal theory he's working on about auto-eroticism. It is this moment which finalizes Vincent's view that he is alienated from the world. I wonder - how could he be redeemed? He can't do it himself. He needs to somehow reconnect with Diana and learn for himself that his feelings have changed. Well, of course, he gives Janine matches, so there will be a fire and Diana could save him, maybe.
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