Sunday, November 23, 2008
Tip#207: Let Mysteries Activate Your Mind - Youth Without Youth
Sometimes life is a big mystery that can look like an abstract painting. Take the time to look at the ambiguity in front of you because it can mirror the answers you are looking for.
In the previous tip I wrote about Francis Ford Coppola's movie The Rainmaker and right after I was compelled to see the director's latest film, Youth Without Youth. I had no idea what it was all about but I just trusted my gut as I've learned to do when things don't make sense.
Youth Without Youth
Youth Without Youth stars Tim Roth as Dominic in a surreal, mystical love story set in Europe before WWII. It's a story about second chances, the origin of languages, the amazing potential of our brainpower and the question of our existence. Most of all it is a story that will make you think.
I'm not even sure I can recommend this movie to everyone because it isn't like a standard Hollywood movie with a clear-cut ending. I'm not even sure if I fully understand the ending. It's like many of David Lynch movies (Lost Highway or Mulholland Drive) where the ideas and images are extremely ambiguous.
But it is an amazing journey to take with the movie hero. In my mind this film is almost like a superhero origin story where it starts off with Dominic at age 70 getting hit by lightening. It activates rapid regenerative powers and he become younger again. It gives him a chance to accomplish goals he could not complete.
By the end of the journey you would have been introduced to so many ideas about the mysteries of life that you may be left thinking about the movie days later. The ambiguity of the story can get your mind active.
Be Open To Mysteries
Ambiguity is about something that can be interpreted in more than one way. Like looking at abstract art, you are being invited to give your own point of view of what you see. You provide the missing piece of the puzzle in front of you.
So be open to mysteries, abstract stories and movies that might confuse you at first because it is their job to stir your thoughts and get your mind active. They get you to ponder new perspectives and new solutions you can apply to your own challenges in life.
Spending time dwelling on new thoughts and ideas could be the best investment you ever make.
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2008