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Son smeshnogo cheloveka (1992)

Dostoevsky's "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man" tells the story of a desperate man disenchanted with the world and at the verge of committing suicide. But when a little girl comes his way ... See full summary »

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Dostoevsky's "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man" tells the story of a desperate man disenchanted with the world and at the verge of committing suicide. But when a little girl comes his way asking for help, he changes his mind. Back at his home, he falls asleep and dreams about strange revealing things that somehow put everything into a new perspective. And then comes the questioning: the visions were just another dream or something real? Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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The Sense is Given by our Capacity of Choice
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What is the point of doing good? Is there any evidence of a sense in life? Then, is it not doing good as senseless as being a villain? Dostoevsky takes this question and discusses it in his passionate way in a short story: The Dream of a Ridiculous Man.

The story of Dostoevsky walk us through reality and dream, up to the point where reality and dream become two equally possible universes. I would say three potentially real words, as the dream comes in two successive versions: humanity before and after the fall. And the answer of Dostoevsky is, if I understood it correctly, that the sense is given by our capacity of choice: we choose to do good or not, and it is our choice that gives sense to our life.

Aleksandr Petrov adapted the story of Dostoevsky and made it a 20 minute animation. Petrov found here in full blow the religious dimension he seems to be particularly interested in. On the other side, telling in images the story of the ridiculous man is challenging, as it is highly symbolical. Petrov proceeded straightforward, so to speak: he simply followed the text and left the interpretation for us.


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