- Eric Patrick |
- 2001 |
- 13 minutes |
- COLOR |
Rental Format(s): 16mm
A film ritual in three acts, Ablution traces a character's dissociative journey through an archetypal cleansing.
Ablution is a film ritual that observes dissociation. It is divided into three vignettes, each with its own distinct structure. In "The Fleeting," a man who becomes dissociated with temporal reality gets lodged in a world that is moving much too fast for him. His experience of his life becomes the fleeting images of days transpiring in seconds. It is shot as a traditional cinematic narrative space. "Incantation" is a shamanistic chant--a dance that exists to provide a catalyst for change.
Dissociation becomes deconstruction. If the first section is an objective view of an elusive narrative, the second would be a subjective metaphor of an internal state. The final piece to the film ("A Hundred Foot Day") is a continuous sequence of a day transpiring with the man back on his front porch where the film started. Shot as an uncut proscenium arch in the theatre, "A Hundred Foot Day" is the length of the day shot onto a hundred foot length of film. As a whole, the Ablution, or the cleansing, is a look into the magical, if not somewhat uncertain, places that each of us pass through at select times in our lives. Metaphorically, the entire piece traces the Hero's journey of departure, initiation, and return through a narrative that disintegrates into a totally subjective space. While the Hero's journey is a classic tale, the cinematic structures of the three vignettes leave trap doors and secret passageways throughout the film for individual interpretation. Ablution is a relic--a veiled glimpse at an emotional state.