17 April 2012 | PsychoDingo
The Significance of Split Seconds
What difference does a fraction of a second make? In baseball, it's the difference between a home run and strike three.
In the Olympics, it's the difference between a gold medal and 10th place.
In the movie Blind Chance, it's the difference of a lifetime.
An example of expert craftsmanship by Krzysztof Kieslowski, Blind Chance affords us the rare opportunity to see how a blip in time, a mere split second, can profoundly affect a person's current situation, and the path their life will take from that moment forward.
While the significance of sliced seconds is shown, we get to enjoy some quality time with the communist party, the anti-communist underground, some lovely ladies sans attire, and a mob of disgruntled drug addicts. We are also treated to one or more Slinkies going down stairs alone or in pairs. Indeed, it's quite a blend of characters, motives, and ideologies. However, it is not the point of the film to take sides, make moral statements, or ponder idealistic philosophies. The point is merely to illustrate its premise.
Let there be no doubt that the premise is more than adequately served. From top to bottom, beginning to end, Blind Chance is a fantastic film, an entertaining drama that encourages thought, while not being overbearing.
Just be sure to pay close attention, because a fraction of a second can also be the difference between understanding this film and missing the point entirely.