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Thomas Vinterberg’s “Druk – Another Round” tells the story of four friends about a science experiment produced in response to a particular case of pervasive and multiple dissatisfaction.
They are all teachers in the same school and know each other for a long time, but one is frustrated and distracted, the other is tied and shy, the third is bored and the fourth is simply sad. In this context of a midlife crisis, they resort to the real hypothesis of the Norwegian psychiatrist Finn Skårderud, who assumed that humans are born with a blood alcohol content of 0.05% less than expected.
The thesis alone is interesting, as it attempts to reclaim the ancient idea that the state of moral misery and moral tragedy that characterizes human experience can be traced back to the fact that we are sick animals.
This means reversing the current hierarchy that we have evolved from animals, creating queens and senses that they did not have, but that we have corrupted animal life by becoming incomplete, insufficient, and inappropriate animals for ourselves.
This broadly agrees with the approach Soren Kierkegaard, Which passes through the entire film in question, from the final consent test, in which the student retreats in fear to the teacher who commits suicide. They both find in alcohol the necessary courage to move forward and do what they really want, whether it’s by graduating from school or whether it’s about stopping the suffering.
The film was filmed in great mourning due to the death of the director’s daughter in a traffic accident. In addition, it takes the principles of the motion platform 95- Doctrine, Which also includes Lars Von Trier, as its film production software without resorting to “redundant” technology.
In other words, in the mid-1990s, it was feared that the art of drama would be replaced by computerized animation, that the action of the camera would be replaced by an electronically computed perspective and that the shape of the film itself would be replaced by interventions by the audience or by distortion. For the sequential form.
Therefore, when a scientific article is collected randomly on the Internet, justifying permanent alcohol consumption so that the blood is “supplemented” with what is lacking is sufficient to sew the difficulties that are perceived as structural, such as the midlife crisis you are experiencing. By white Danish men.
This is doubly ironic and modern. Choosing an essay that justifies a practice, however it may be, does not seem difficult in a post-fact context.
But the fact that this local fact, made for the personal consumption of a group of friends, generates a performance reflection, is ludicrous nonetheless. Because the initial effect is positive in all participants: one of them is more interactive with his students, the other with his wife, the third overcomes indifference and the fourth, after all, is more interested in … science.
The criticism here creeps into the idea that increased productivity is not actually an improvement in the lives of people and families. Alcohol was not at all absent until then, but it alters the recording, transforming into another state when it creeps into the logic of scientific inquiry.
Moreover, the self-reports that have been produced are very similar to what we have today about Freud’s pioneering experiments with cocaine use. To this day, psychoanalysis is condemned by many unprepared people because its inventor would have been addicted to cocaine.
It is true that he realized that this substance could have psychological effects, especially increasing disposition and pain resistance.
Yes, he did experiments with himself, injected alternating doses of the substance and wrote the results with his unique prowess in psychological descriptions.
Yes, he prescribed cocaine to his friend Max von Fleischl, who was addicted to morphine and suffered terrible pain when trying to pull the substance off. This prompted the friend not only to get rid of the first addiction, but to develop a second addiction with coca and then suicide.
Freud, bitterly, abandons this type of investigation, just like the Four Friends who discovered the limits of the hypothesis of lowering blood alcohol content. To even greater disappointment, however, Kohler resumed his studies with coca, this time testing his narcotic and non-sedating powers, thus winning the Nobel Prize as a pioneer in eye surgery.
The soundtrack to “What A Life” created a curious “addiction” effect on many people around the world, who began to listen to it over and over, sometimes for weeks in a row.
This is an inexplicable and unexpected phenomenon by the film’s producers, given the level of success and previous recognition of the Danish trio, Scarlet Pleasure. In April 2021, the song reached 1.3 million views on YouTube.
In other words, the film’s message is, in a way, passed on to restore the fun, marked by the plot with dance and music.
Restoring pleasure, treating pleasure, making your temporal arc extend, deepening the joints of your body and your memory, and it seems that your emotional interaction with others is the primary solution not only to alcohol or cocaineomania, but to our pathological forms to some extent. Boredom, depression, existential despair, and impulsivity.
As long as we turn the war on drugs into a war of pleasure, this equation will always end with bad science or first-rate cinema.
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