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A tale of Phenomenology,
This review is from: Stay: Uncut Version [DVD] (DVD)
I think the problem people have with this film is that they try and interpret it as a 'story' dealing with 'relationships' in the common sense view. But it is actually an exposition of basic Phenomenological principles: essentially the problems of subjectivity and objectivity, and how the mind discerns these. In its essence it is the same as the Matrix films. It is then a film expounding a philosophical view via drama - hence, the characters don't seem 'real', and overall it is weird. Personally I think a good intro to this method of thinking is the book by Sokolowski, 'Introduction to Phenomenology' - it isn't a history of the philosophy, it just explains in around 227 pages how to think like this (hence it is a good foundation that will enable you to interpret such films). I don't agree with Phenomenology, but this film was a very artistic and thorough expounding of this philosophy, so it get full marks.