A wise philosopher, Kanye West, once said this: “Ain’t nothin’ on the news, but the blues.”
It sometimes seems that powerful forces are busy telling us that people are bad, and getting worse. That the world, once kind, has turned dark and terrifying, and the only path forward is to insulate yourself from danger, lurking everywhere. Ayn Rand is mentioned more and more by politicians, and we all know that selfishness lurks within us. We feel it, and we don’t like this about ourselves. So much so, that a philosophy to justify this seems welcome, even necessary, to live within our own minds. But those who study such things tell us a very different story. They tell us of a human history wherein people are feeling more for strangers than ever before. People are helping more strangers than ever before. Slowly, too slowly to perceive perhaps, we march towards a human family, where there is no such thing as “other people’s children.”
This film seeks to explore this conflict between what is and what seems to be. Brian is a poor man, who has little to offer anyone. But he has the impulse to help Diana, even though it costs him everything he has. While Patrick has everything, but he decides to keep it all to himself, to polish his public image, and attain even more, only realizing his mistake when it is far too late. The impulse to help is a natural part of every human being. This film seeks to use misdirection, humor, sex, and even violence to meditate on this truth.