Lieutenant Chad [addressing the camera / movie audience]:
“In the Steven Spielberg movie E.T., why is the alien brown? No reason.
“In Love Story, why do the two characters fall madly in love with each other? No reason.
“In Oliver Stone’s JFK, why is the President suddenly assassinated by some stranger? No reason.
“In the excellent Chain Saw Massacre by Tobe Hooper, why don’t we ever see the characters go to the bathroom or wash their hands like people do in real life? Absolutely no reason.
“Worse, in The Pianist by Polanski, how come this guy has to hide and live like a bum when he plays the piano so well? Once again the answer is, no reason. I could go on for hours with more examples. The list is endless. You probably never gave it a thought, but all great films, without exception, contain an important element of no reason.
“And you know why? Because life itself is filled with no reason. Why can’t we see the air all around us? No reason. Why are we always thinking? No reason. Why do some people love sausages and other people hate sausages? No f***ing reason.”
Cop Xavier: [honks the horn] “Come on! Don’t waste your time explaining that garbage. Let’s go!”
Lieutenant Chad: “Just a minute, let me finish.” [looks back at the audience] Ladies, gentlemen, the film you are about to see today is an homage to the ‘no reason’ – that most powerful element of style.”
[Pours his drink of water on the ground before getting back into the trunk of the police car.]
Rubber (2010) “is the story of Robert, an inanimate tire that has been abandoned in the desert and then suddenly and inexplicably comes to life.
“As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes.”
– From rubberthemovie.com [Warning: the movie includes several scenes of exploding heads, caused by Robert.]
More seriously, here is some material on existential angst:
Existential dread page – quotes, articles, books.
Article: Adolescence and gifted: Addressing existential dread
By J’Anne Ellsworth, Ph.D. and Martha Affeld – “Adolescents often describe experiencing Existential Dread. Gifted youth may be especially susceptible.”
Article publié pour la première fois le 07/07/2015