NOTE: I wrote this way back in 2009 so the office I was referring to was a different one from the office I go to now. I have been slowly re-posting stuff from my Multiply account and now that they’ve decided to concentrate on online marketing rather than providing free blog service, I thought I’d continue with the re-posting. WARNING: The preview is a spoiler. Watch at your own risk ;p
You’d think I could’ve seen it in movie theaters or on TV, or maybe as rented video.
None of the above.
It was actually at our office’s workshop last February. It was shown to us to get a message across. Oh, yeah, we got the message, and more! I could’ve cried, too, if I wasn’t keeping myself in check. It was not even the whole movie! Simply a preview. However, the preview told us everything we needed to know.
The MOST heartbreaking film
The title is Most, I just recently found out. When I did, I thought it meant something along the line of “Most-loved” or “Most-this, most-that” and assumed that the one who showed it to us just called it The Bridge because, well, a bridge figured prominently in the story, aside from a train. A more recent personal research told me that it is actually a 33 minute-long Czechoslovakian film produced by East Wind Films, shot in the Czech Republic and Poland. And guess what “bridge” is in the Czech language? “Most,” my dear Watson.
The movie is a winner of prestigious national and international awards. It was also nominated in the Oscar’s as Best Live-Action Short in 2004. Didn’t win. Perhaps because it lacked all the other visual and complicated-story elements preferred by the common Hollywood society. Nice cinematography but not enough to warrant an Oscar. Plot? Uncomplicated, I suppose, at least based on what I’ve seen (hey, I just saw a preview, okay?).
But you know, it’s the plot that got to me. If we were to suppose it as real life, I doubt that we would not think it complicated, especially since it had to do with choosing, being suddenly trapped in a VERY BIG MORAL AND EMOTIONAL DILEMMA. If you are the bridgemaster (played by Vladimir Javorsky) confronted with this, you are left with three questions—What will you do? Which should you choose? Which future will you take or save? There is actually just one answer needed and it is literally in your hands. And no matter what you choose, what you don’t choose can haunt you forever. There will always be the what-if’s, but the answer will never satisfy you because either way, that one mistake WILL result in tragedy. You will pay dearly for that one thing left unchosen.
If we are to think hard enough and dissociate ourselves emotionally from the movie, we can say that the main character has chosen the right thing. But that’s just it. The character itself is so in it emotionally that his decision will leave you ironically both devastated and wanting to pat him on the back for having made the right decision. I swear, if I were put in this same dilemma, I wouldn’t be sure if I’d even have the guts to choose rightly. I guess you never really know what will happen until you cross the bridge, pardon the pun, like what the bridgemaster would learn the moment a familiar face in the crowd emerges once more long after the tragedy.
I just saw the preview, but Most just made it to my top and—uh—most favorite films list. It’s really a movie for all. You can take it any way you want: a family story, a father-and-son relationship, a drama, a religious story (which it is), a story of bravery, a modern-day parable, a suspense story even. Let me just say that it is mostly a story of real love and sacrifice. Tragic, touching, moving, edgy, beautiful—all these have been used to describe the film and I say they are all right.
Given the chance and enough resources, I would grab the opportunity to acquire an actual copy of it. Who cares if I can’t understand a word they say? That’s what subtitles are for, anyway. Simple and uncomplicated, though in the more shallow sense of the words, I HIGHLY recommend that you see this film should you have the chance, preview or no preview. I’m sorry I can’t give more clues or the premise until you’ve seen the preview, or I’ll be giving away the story already.
I don’t care what the Oscar’s say. For me, this is a WINNER!
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UPDATE: I found the full video! Here it is: