Subject When The Day Breaks.....
Posted by Victoria
Posted on Sat Jan 6 18:25:29 2001
From IP  

  The female pig, Ruby, who lives in the big city, is not like the character whose life is so pure and fortunate in the other film. After witnessing the accidental death of a stranger, Ruby seeks affirmation in the city around her and then finally finds it in surprising places. Therefore, for us, as the audiences, it is not hard to tell that the title of the film---When the Day Breaks has two different meanings. It just depends on two different points of view that you hold to look at and interpret the word ˇ§Breaksˇ¨.
  With the deft humor and finely rendered detail, When the Day Breaks illuminates the links, which connect our urban lives, while evoking the promise and fragility of a new day. There is the chance encounter, collision and coincidences existed in the film. Moreover, it also makes us to think much deeper about the existence and connections of lives. By the way, the directors have developed an innovative new multimedia approach for When the Day Breaks. The artists pull selected frames off the printer and proceed to Xerox and manipulate the characters beyond recognition, such as making people become into pig or chicken. Owing to the use of photocopies of actual film footage, the background moves on a weird pixilated way. The use of pencil and paint on photocopies did successfully achieve a textured look suggestive of a lithograph or a flicking newsreel.
  After the car accident, Ruby rushes back home and locks the door. It seems that she starts to be afraid of the environment that around her. However, when the day breaks, Ruby thinks of every kind of things that could connect our life together in the big city, such as the telephone and the antenna. Finally, she changes her mind and opens the window again to greet the outside world. Somehow, I cannot help but think more than usual. Being a member of the big city, I seldom would try to think about the relationship between the others and myself. Therefore, sometimes, I might be cool to the other things and just get used to that. On the other hand, in When the Day Breaks, the ordinary ---a lemon, a toaster, milk and a chance collision on the street corner ---is endowed with a visceral power. However, in the film, by the way of using the old-fashioned radio music and other daily objects, it reminds me the importance of thinking about the common things that have been forgotten by us again.

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