Forest for the Trees

June 14, 2010 at 1:09 am | Posted in Melancholia | 14 Comments

Wow, a lot of things have happened this week, something that’s usually done in a process of weeks, months or even years just happened in a matter of a week, and I just might need to find some time to fully absorb it. And I love it. Now, I’ll definitely have no time for anything else besides what I’m already tied up with, part-time work and gym.

I am going to deal with life just the way the heroine in the German film Forest for the Trees, Melanie, decides to deal with hers in the end, by figuratively letting the car she’s been driving take its course by itself and moving from the driver’s seat to one of the backseats. I was half-expecting for the ending to be something tragic and poetic at the same time but, instead, everything’s all serene once she’s decided that she shouldn’t take too much control of her life anymore. She now feels a whole lot better, and everything for the moment seem to be in place. The ambiguous ending can also be simply interpreted as Eva’s suicide, but I don’t think this is the case as there is no sense of tragedy when she decides to step into the backseat.

Poor Melanie. I just want to give you a hug. You deserve a hug and lots more :(.

Prior to the ending, Melanie tries so hard to adjust to the new community she’s in. Being by herself and this being her first time on her job as a teacher, she tries so hard to get the students’ attention, make friends with her neighbor, and do her best as a teacher. But things don’t go the way she wants them to. The students bully her and treat her badly, her neighbor, whom she stubbornly wants to be friends with, doesn’t want her companionship or friendship and doesn’t want to harshly break it in to Eva, and her fellow teachers think of her, how she deals with her students, as an utter mess. Whenever Eva means well, her actions are perceived to be of malicious intent, and we, the audience, can’t help wanting her to do better in the harsh game of life but the filmmakers don’t want to give us that, they want to show the harsh realities. Eva’s socially awkward and lonely. She can be a bit pathetic and strange, sometimes. But she’s only human, like the rest of us. We’ve had our share of her moments.

Sure, in real life, if she were to go away from the driver’s seat and stop controlling the car, the car would move all haywire along the road and eventually hit something else and she would suffer a fatal crash. But in the film, the car still goes smoothly, taking her wherever the path takes her to.

So, I shall just let life take its flow, taking a few risky decisions along the run but never really trying so hard to take control of it or take charge as we have to realize we have no power over life itself, over our own environment. The best we can do is, sit back and relax, let everything take its course on its right time, deal with it when tough gets tougher, and don’t dwell too much on what’s been done and what can’t be undone.



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  1. base na naman! yemen!

    yeah, it would really be great to be living a carefree and worry-free life, just floating through waves, going with the flow, no apprehensions, no what if’s, no what-could-have-been’s….

    hay eriz, i dont know what to say anymore hehe. πŸ˜›

    but hey, what happened this week? is there something we need to know? kwento! πŸ˜›

    • Pa-espesyal talaga oh.
      Yes, right now I’m trying so hard not to think what would have been if I did this instead. It’s just too late. What we have is just now, now, only the present :D. Let’s just take whatever comes our way when it comes, shall we? πŸ˜€
      Um, that’s not anyone else’s business. πŸ˜›

      • espesyal naman ako di ba? parang siopao lang πŸ˜€

        yeah! dwelling on something that has happened already is just a pure waste of energy.

        and true, it’s better to have Mr. Right Now than Mr. Right.. wala lang πŸ˜›

      • Sabi mo e, oo na lang ako, hahaha.
        Yes, as if worrying too much about it is going to, say, change the results of your exams that you’ve already done. It’ll feel a whole lot better if we just decided not to let it make things worse.
        Did you just get that Mr. Right Now from Cofiboi? πŸ˜›

      • true true! i hate it when people go, shit mali sagot ko sa exam, shit dapat pala eto sagot, etc. nothing would change. what’s done is done.. let’s now move forward…to the future. but how i wish we could take a glimpse of the future din noh? πŸ˜€

  2. What’s the most annoying thing in the world next to pessimists?

    People who takes life waay too seriously.

    Amen on what JV said about them guys who can’t get over an exam and keeps yapping about it 2 hours after its done. I mean, what the fuck dude, exams done. Paper submitted. Whatever stupid answer you put in – is fucking final so stop blabbing about it like its gonna change anything. Move the fuck on.

    • Hey, I’m a pessimist :P. Or, I guess, more of a realist.
      But life is not all fun and games, either :P.
      But I have to admit, I used to be that way after exams. But now, I just say, fuck it. πŸ˜› I failed, if I failed.

  3. wow, the metaphor of letting the car drive itself and her moving seats is very beautiful, very que sera sera-esque. but the last line, i don’t know, i find it damn real hard to move on. i have this weird habit of playing ‘the’ scenes, those better left forgotten and burnt to nonexistence, over and over again until it is madness. nostalgia. nostalgia. whatta pain the ass.

    • I, at first, wanted things to be okay for the heroine in the end. But then I got into thinking, life’s no Hollywood. Things don’t become okay quite easily. The ending’s just poetically perfect.
      There’s nothing wrong on looking back to the past. I feel nostalgic, most of the time. It’s just that we have to focus more on what we have now :D, don’t you think so?

      • yes, yes, of course. but isn’t thinking about the past can be very addicting sometimes, or satisfying?

  4. Life is all about taking risk. Sabi nga sa Stat, you have to learn risk analysis in real life. πŸ™‚ Lagi namin topic yan sa inuman, lalo na kapag okrayan na ng buhay.

    • Naku, mahina pa naman ako sa statistics. Kaya baka di ko rin siguro mai-aapply ang risk analysis sa totoong buhay. πŸ˜›

  5. I know I’m late with this but I’m here now! :p

    Anyway, I like where you’re going with this. Do I detect a mellower you? But I doubt that, seeing the post after this. πŸ™‚ Really, though, I love those last lines. There’s really no sense in dwelling on things that have been done. πŸ™‚

    Exactly what I needed to hear today.

    • I was wondering where you’ve been, haha, not that I frequently update myself.
      Despite how mushy, melancholy and sappy I am becoming, my opinionated side won’t be going anywhere. It will always remain here forever, hehehe.
      Why? Are you dwelling on some things that have already passed and that can’t be undone?

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