An interesting thought I had was when Johan was approached by one of the castle family's acquaintances - the therapist, I believe - and he talks with Johan about how he can see things and feel things no one else can because he has painted so many people and knows how to truly understand them. This lead me to wonder if all the people Johan is seeing are actually people that have impacted him at different points throughout his life. I believe each person signifies a big moment in Johan's life, and some are representative of love, lust, shame, trauma and regret. In my opinion, Johan is suffering from a life of repression that is now thrusting it's way to the surface due to Veronica's return or his insomnia and paranoia. Whatever it may be, Johan's distorted perception of reality is what will ultimately be his demise.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Hour of the Wolf
The Hour of the Wolf preys on our perception of reality and distorts what we think is real. The scenes with Johan and his wife, Alma, seem real until they are paired with Johan's own experiences. It seems to me that we are being shown two different viewpoints - Johan's "reality" versus his Alma's. This removes our (the viewer) ability to determine what is actually occurring. Are these crazy castle people actually saying the things they are? Are they even the room when Johan thinks he sees them? Or, is their behavior merely the product of his own mind?
Posted by Sara at 1:01 PM