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Andhadhun
(2018)

14 twists analyzed
What happens to the only witness of a crime scene if he's visually impaired? What happens, if he's only pretending he can't see? Andhadhun has an astounding abundance of twists and turns, even by the standards of a suspense movie. The first twist is when we discover Akash, the pianist, is only pretending to be blind so he can have a keener perception of sounds and music. The second twist comes when Akash is playing the piano for Simi, the former movie star Pramod's wife, under the guise of a blind pianist. He sees Pramod lying dead on the floor, his killer hiding in the bathroom, and the entire process of Simi and the murderer smuggling the body out of the house in a purple suitcase. The third is when Akash tries to report the case to the police but discovers that the officer is actually the perpetrator. He holds his tongue, even if he wishes to bravely tell the truth. The fourth is when Akash witnesses Simi shoving her neighbor, who holds the truth of Pramod's murder, over the railings, letting the old lady fall to her death. The fifth is when Simi visits Akash, adding poison to his food and turning him blind for real. The sixth is when the officer(murderer) enters Akash's apartment at night and tries to strangle him, but miraculously, Akash escapes. The seventh is when the doctor and the woman who saves Akash reveals that their real intension is to kill him and remove his liver. The eighth is when Akash persuades his captors to work with him to blackmail the officer and kidnap Simi. The ninth is when Akash's accomplices turn against him and bind him to a wheelchair. The tenth is when the doctor and Akash lock Simi up into the car boot and conspire to kill her instead. The doctor will take her liver to save his daughter, and Akash will take her corneas to repair his eyes. The eleventh is when Simi attacks the doctor when he opens the car boot to check on her. The twelfth is when Akash tells Simi, whom he thinks is the doctor, that he thinks it's immoral to kill her and doesn't want to do it anymore. Simi lets him down the car, and tries to run him over. The thirteenth is when the blind bunny with glossy eyes, who appeared at the beginning of the film, bounces onto the car window when the hunter fires at it. Simi loses control of the car, and crashes off the road, killing herself in the process. Akash survives, and so does the rabbit. The fourteenth is when two years later, after a performance, Akash walks the street with a cane, and strikes a can on the pavement with stunning accuracy. A truly troubling story. Apparently Akash regained his eyesight. Then what of the bunny, and Simi's death? My theory is that Akash made everything up since the eleventh twist because he wanted to hide the horrifying truth that he and the doctor did exactly what they planned to do. But there's more. Remember in the third twist, when Akash imagined himself standing up bravely and revealing the truth? A part of him wished he was a good man who chose justice over his own safety. He wanted to see Simi and the officer punished for their sins, wanted to be valiant enough to lay out the real story, but he didn't. Fear won over conscience, and he chose silence. Back to the eleventh twist. I think it's not just a story Akash fed to others so they would believe he was innocent. It is also what Akash wished would have happened, things Akash hoped he would've done, thought he should've done. He imagined his sudden mercy and his confession to be honorable; he imagined the bunny killed Simi instead of him. He imagined all of it, the way he imagined that he told the truth in the third twist. It's a lie told more to himself than to the others, to placate himself, to ease his own guilt. But in the end he chose silence. Again. That's how he got his eyes back. The bunny represented him, I think. Blind, and responsible for Simi's death. That's what really makes the ending poignant, I suppose. Akash wanted to be good and honest and kind, but these vile and selfish people scared him. So to protect himself, he smartly shut up, and became just like them. Another question kept bugging me, though. If the blind bunny was Akash, who was the hunter, then? For that, I have two theories. One is that the hunter was Simi, the officer, the doctor and the woman. All of them had wanted him dead at some point, but somehow he'd gotten away. When the last shot fired-which stood for the agreement between Akash and the doctor-the bunny leapt up, and killed the Simi in the car. The second theory is that the hunter was Akash's conscience, and the bunny was Akash's dark, malevolent side. His conscience urged him to destroy that side, to do others no harm, but the shot missed, leaving his vengeful aspect unscathed and ready to strike. Personally I'm more inclined to the second theory. In the fourteenth twist, if you look carefully you'll notice that the hilt of the cane was shaped like a bunny's head. In the end Akash stayed a pianist who faked his blindness, but it was more for money and the audience's pity than really feeling the music. Akash turned into a cunning, deceitful man. He chose his dark side, and it's no coincidence that he held that cane. What is life? It depends on the liver. The liver. Akash, Simi, the officer, the doctor, the woman. The liver. Simi's liver. Benefits.

Bear Story
(2014)

Mysterious suspense with wisdom viberated in plot
The Oscar-winning short cartoon Bear Story tells the story of a bear who lives alone in an empty little apartment. On the pale walls are family photos and in the dusty room is a bed for a little bear. But the bear lives alone, tinkering some machinery. Later, he walks out onto the streets with a large wooden box and invites passersby to check it out. As it turns out, the wooden box contains a puppet show --- a puppet show of the story of the bear. The bear used to live in a happy family, but his quiet life was unexpectedly ruined by the people from the circus. The bear got captured and was separated from his wife and son. He had no idea what happened to them when he was brought to the circus. During circus tours, the bear still remembered his family and missed the happy days he spent with his wife and son. One day before a performance, the bear took out a pocket watch containing his family photo, and finally mustered the courage to leave the circus. He fled, riding his bike, and returned to the home he had desperately longed for day and night. But sadly, things were not the same when he returned. The apartment he used to live in was empty, hollow. Dust gathered upon furniture, and the walls were peeling. The bear was miserable and heartstricken. There was nothing he could do but to revive his old dreams, imagining he was with his family again. The puppet show ends. The little bear who watched the show hurries away happily with a windmill held in his paws, while the bear can only hope that in this way, his story can spread throughout the town and one day someone who hears this story can help him reunite with his wife and son. This sweet but sad story tells of the value of family --- wherever we are, the love from our family and the happy memories will always light up our day and give us courage to face whatever we are facing. Bear Story also gives us a warning --- we shouldn't seek happiness at other people's expense, as the way the circus did to the bear. One other very interesting thing about this Oscar-winning cartoon is its ending. At the ending of Bear Story, we don't know whether the bear would find his family or not, or what happened to them after the bear was kidnapped. I suppose this is what makes this cartoon special and profound --- it keeps a mysterious suspense, gives us an unfinished story and leaves a large space for the audience to think and imagine. All the emotions and confusions linger like echoes, and all the wisdom reverberates in the plot, brewing finite words into infinite meanings.

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