Open Window (2006)
USA / English
The engagment between a struggling photographer and an assistant professor is marred by an act of violence.
First film I know of exploring this delicate subject matter in depth.
This film, for the first time I believe, explores the effects of a
trauma which intrudes itself upon the apparently otherwise smooth and
fulfilling relationships of the lead characters ), and the ripple
effects of that trauma on their relationships with family and friends.
The trauma could be in many forms, not necessarily the one depicted
here. Our lives, seemingly secure as they flow along, can be brutally
interrupted by many events -- devastating and crippling accidents,
unexpected and life-threatening illness, etc etc etc. Not only is
devastation wreaked upon the subject, but tangentially upon all his/her
relationships. This film makes us clearly aware of this fact.
Now, the healing and rehabilitation and recovery must hopefully and
painfully take place. How far can one come back? How can one become
better, stronger, than prior to the trauma? This film gently,
patiently, helps us see that one need not remain a victim forever! One
can overcome! Not easily, not without scars, but with dignity and
A bonus is the music score. It is beautiful and supportive, yet never
intrusive. It is in exquisite unity with the film and a joy to
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