I am thoroughly enjoying this. Though I'm not inclined with these kinds of movies, I like to see the deeper side of cinema, and I always appreciate little details. Oh boy, does this movie have a lot of those. Keep it up, and godspeed to the sequel!
Your mention of the purgatory theory reminded me of a Norwegian film called "The Bothersome Man." Just wondered if you've ever seen it, I thought it was a good film. Anyways, I'm enjoying these analyses. It's nice to hear it from someone who is passionate about film. I wish I could have enjoyed the movie more when I first saw it, the disk was so scratched that we had to skip a lot, and I don't know how much we missed (which, kinda matches the theme, actually). I'll have to find it and watch it again.
Black stool implies bleeding in the upper parts of the digestive system, Adam. He did have blood in his stool. Red stool means bleeding towards the lower parts.
Wonderful. I picked up on the reference to "In Search of Lost Time" when watching the film. I don't know if it occurred in your research, but the subject matter of the books is very relevant to the story, since Proust's protagonist throughout is attempting to find a way to spend his life and recover the time he is losing. He tries becoming part of high society, he tries falling in love, but in the end the true solution is the love of art (I needn't explain the relevant ties).
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