RKS Film: “The Other Me”: Hansel and Gretel, Blindness and Sexuality

When is the last time you had a puzzle to solve? Would some hints have been helpful? In the film “The Other Me” you end up thinking what is the scene all about? Why was this and that said? There are numerous clues thrown at you in “The Other Person” and for me it was a big one and I took a guess of what I thought the conclusion would be and I think I was right on but it is not the type of film that gives you enough meat to tell you if you are right.

I’d love to tell you my brilliant conclusion but that is not advisable as why should I spoil the film for you or make a fool of myself with such a silly (or even obvious) interpretation.

What I think is that there are a few clues here. Why does the girl in the woods (Andreja Pejic) not have a name? What is the significance of her painting showing two people in the distance sitting in a park bench? What does she mean when she says that soon all will be revealed? Why is the mother meeting the wrong child? Why is the lady in the woods transformed into a little boy at the door in the last seconds of the movie?

For me I latched on to the lady in the woods being visited by the wrong parent!

Irakli (Jim Sturgess) is a thirty something bartender and frustrated artist married to very frail Nutsa (Antonia Campbell-Hughes). Poor Irakli is diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease that will quickly lead to blindness. He quickly adapts to his blindless claiming he can see but what he sees are images we can’t see. Is blindness just another way of experiencing the world that should not be treated with self despair and anguish. Jim understands Nutsa is having a go with his best friend and combined with this falling in love with the lady in the woods liberates him into a new world free from a deceptive wife and relationship. Kind of a standard film line?

Where “The Other Me” veers off the track into delightful skid from a standard “blindness film” is what I believe to be a discrete play on sexual orientation. Again a great film gives you many credible detours and fire escapes and it is fun to explore them with a possibility of being correct. I am uncertain if there is any a correct interpretation but the biggest clue is the lady in the woods visiting Irakli’s mother. That is not her mother and why would she pay a visit the wrong mother? The give away is the lady in the woods visiting Irakli’s father and she transforms into child Irkali. Could this be your great AHA moment?

WHO IS THE LADY IN THE WOODS AND WHAT DOES SHE REPRESENT? Blindness can create “another person” but so can sexual orientation. Enjoy this fun movie… all will soon be revealed.

You can see the trailer here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEAtVycN_6M

Executive produced by David Lynch and the director was Giga Agadze.

The film will be opening in select theatres and on digital platforms February 4, 2022.

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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