The Cyclical Mysteries of the Unknown

“Cinema is the human dream, a way to understand how our trauma fits into this existential jigsaw. Perhaps the greatest way to wield cinema is as a synthesis to use stories of high personal drama to present them as a reflection of the issues that pervade all of humanity – a fusion of the personal with the universal. This is the
perfect encapsulation of the cinema of Denis Villeneuve.”

“[His] camera usage makes subjects seem inconsequential one way or another with the visual language putting them in a state of seclusion. The purpose is to show that through isolation comes helplessness and this is exactly the same notion that comes with mystery, being in the unknown. The visuals are an extension of the idea of what it is to be dwarfed by an engulfing force.”

“Why does [he] want to employ mystery in all of his movies? Because in the work of Denis Villeneuve we’re shown the fragility of the human mind when we lose sight of what we know because of our obsession for seeking the truth.”

“Villeneuve is able to exploit the drama of scenes through when and how he reveals information. We may return to a scene and see it from multiple perspectives only to realize that when we thought we had the answer, we were in fact solving the wrong mystery the whole time. We become just like [the] characters who too are looking for answers unaware that they’re not asking the right questions. Our judgment becomes clouded as soon as we become emotionally invested and Villeneuve presents us with a world that appears clear on its surface yet we soon learn our vision was always hindered by our own biases.”

“There’s a cyclical nature in the films of Denis Villeneuve. The answers to a character’s questions are often revealed to us right at the beginning of a story. Only at the end of the journey do we realize that we’ve come full-circle but its only by entering the unknown the our true selves fully emerge.”

                                                 – Lewis Bond

2 responses

  1. Hey Elegant Mystery

    A quick line to thank you for the video. I thought it a very well written and insightful presentation, the film clips excellent at highlighting the commentary. I am a fan of Villeneuve anyway, the information posted here added an extra layer of richness to my appreciation a gifted filmmaker. Thank you.

    The slow camera zoom is a dramatic device adding intensity. One wonders how a writer would achieve this same effect, or if indeed it is a purely cinematic mechanism?

    Hoping all is well. Take care.

    Namaste 🙂



    June 26, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    • Thanks DN. The zoom or dolly creates a change in perspective for the viewer. How does a writer do the same? I’m not sure it is possible at least in the same manner. A writer creates images in the imagination of the reader. The filmmaker guides the viewer to see what the creator wants her to see. An interesting question 🙂

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      June 27, 2017 at 12:33 am

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