Last night I watched the three hour Turkish film “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” but tonight I’m watching The first season of Ren And Stimpy. In many ways its the same kind of experience. It is sitting alone watching something that understands the truly impossible situation many people find themselves in. Flawed impossible people who are never satisfied. People forced to to live in places they hate surrounded by aliens who don’t understand. Beings Constantly trying to measure up to some illusory vision of “happiness”. Every time I see Ren or Stimpy chewing on some vile mouthful, trying so hard to smile I get a little feeling of understanding.
When I see a Nuri Bilge Ceylan shot of some disgusting window covered in filth I can feel the reality of the actual human. The beauty of the disgusting, hopeless and pitiful.