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April 03, 2006

Ghost World

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5 out of 5 stars

Watched one of my favourite recent films again last night – Ghost World.

The film makes me feel crushed by the end. The sense of futility and isolation is pretty overwhelming.

I also appreciate the ambiguous ending – If I am in a positive frame of mind I can read the final scence as Enid escaping her mundane life and taking a ride to new opporunities. Unfortunately I guess the ending is closer to a metaphor for suicide – a negative escape rather than a positive one. Whilst everyone else has moved on and grown, Enid stays completely still – waiting for something to take her away rather than searching for her own route out.

I saw this first in my late twenties – if I'd seen it in my late teens I imagine it would have had a deeper effect. A great antidote to all the rites of passage teen movies you tend to see.


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