“I’ll See You Around”: Brilliant Portrayal of Numbness

The American film “I’ll See You Around” is a brilliant portrayal of numbness.

Lucas and his ex Luzifa

Lucas (Lucas Monroe) has had a horrific traumatic event that has somewhat set the direction of his life. His father was murdered when he was six years old. Perhaps the most important line in the film is when he admits to Mariah (Maria Wilson) his off and on girlfriend that after the death of his father that he had to learn on his own the stuff all other kids took for granted. Having lost my father at nine years old that struck a resonant chord with me that I will not delve into but his words ring very true for children struck with such traumatic events. You have been robbed and cheated and for some it makes some stronger and determined to escape that trauma with achievement that road is a rough one. But some like Lucas become stuck in a rut of numbness. A sort of post traumatic stress disorder.

Lucas can’t relate fully to just about everyone but does a very good job with his three-year-old daughter Zanura (Zanura Monroe) who lives with his estranged ex Luzifa (Luzifa Gurbanova). He simply seems to drift unable to open up and make any sort of a commitment to another human being.

This is a quiet film of alienation and numbness.

Unable to relate to his recently prison released brother Kenji (Kenji Monroe) when his off and on girlfriend Mariah (Maria Wilson) says to him as she is moving to Seattle from Ithaca New York, “I’ll see you around” means most likely I’ll never see you again.

 I have just finished today reading the “Last Tycoon” by Scott F. Fitzgerald about a Hollywood mogul making films for the masses. This is not for the masses as most can’t identify with Lucas’ trauma. Perhaps unfortunately I can. I can say brilliantly acted by “no name” actors worthy of more than runs on the festival circuit. Lucas Monroe would be on my list for best actor at the upcoming Oscars but indie films and their actors aren’t included a reason I rarely watch the Oscars.

The story is based on the life of Lucas Monroe whose father was murdered. Friend and director Daniel Pfeffer made a film “While I was Gone” which was a memoir of the life of Lucas. “I’ll see you around” continues the story. As Pfeffer remarks, “Sharing his personal life felt important and brave. I discovered that Lucas’ story and his natural talent on screen were a kind of hidden magnificence. He had so much to say about his past and constantly struggled to share his feelings. I was motivated to make this film for so many reasons but most deeply because I want to build empathy.”

You can see the trailer here

You can catch the film virtually https://www.bgpics.com/movies/ill-see-you-around/

Perhaps after seeing this film which I challenge you to do so you may think very closely of the lyrics of the Temptation’s song “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and understand Lucas a little more intimately.

And Mama just hung her head and said,
“Son, Papa was a rolling stone.
Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
(And when he died) All he left us was alone. “
“Papa was a rolling stone, my son.
Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
(And when he died) All he left us was alone. “

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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