The worst thing in life is loneliness.
For those who never experienced this truism, Mike Leighs movie its a must see. A necessity. For those who experience loneliness every day, this movie could be a comfort, an assurance. You are not the only one feeling miserable. There are a lot of great movies dealing with loneliness The Collector, Fight Club, One Hour Photo, Taxi Driver, just to name a few, but Naked its one of its kind. It is one of those movies that hit you hard when you watch them, a dark, bleak and uncompromising fable about alienation and about what it means to be lonely, to live your life like a shadow. Watch this movie and you will understand, maybe, how does it feel to live your life knowing that nobody really gives a damn about you. The absence of the human contact…
Naked is the story of Johnny (David Thewlis, who makes the role of his life here, I think), an incredibly intelligent and severely caustic man, with an inclination towards philosophical discourse on every subject, who flees Manchaster for London to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, making contact with some interesting characters, including a night watchman, two young Scots, a young waitress, all of them alienated and lonely. All of them are society rejects, trying to cope with their everyday numbness and alienation.
The movie reminded me of Scorseses Taxi Driver, dealing with similar issues, the philosophy of desperation, the alienation of the human being in an indifferent society.
This movie is a lesson. Watch it as often as you can and think for a moment about all those issues. Experience at least for 2 hours what it means to be lonely. For some people its a lifetime experience 10/10
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