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I saw an interview a little while ago with Edward Yang where he quoted someone, I think possibly his uncle, who said something to the effect of “the invention of film has allowed me to live three times”. I always think of that as a really cool sentiment, but I think having watched this film I get what he meant now. With Nitram, I legitimately feel like I have lived multiple experiences from different perspectives, around a very raw central subject matter that I never would have encountered in my day to day life. Or at least, I would hope never to. 

With almost every scene and from the point of view of a number of different characters, I kept finding myself thinking “wow, what would I do in that situation?”. Often, I felt really uncomfortable because I didn’t have an answer, but then I’m not sure I really could. What it all revolves around, if you like, is the historical mistreatment of mental disabilities and how the world we live in has never been fit for people who experience them. It then goes beyond that, and looks at the consequences of a society that, similar to me personally, didn’t have an answer for how to deal with the situations that every character has to. Because of that, I don’t think there are any bad people in this, which is perhaps a controversial take for those who’ve seen it or know what it’s about. There are just victims of a world that doesn’t work for them. 

There are flaws but I’m not overly convinced they really matter. A few moments had me a little confused, and there are some parts that feel a little slapdash. But the technicalities pale in comparison to what the film achieves, which I believe is that, if you’re receptive to it, you can leave it as a better person.

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