During the Iraq war, I was thinking about by how war damages personal relationships. I was questioning how difficult it is for someone who has experienced war to communicate with someone else who has not. This led to the creation of Paul and Anna. In many ways, Paul is a post-war character. Damaged, he can't feel the love he once had. Anna is pre-war in the sense that she has not experienced violence. I became interested in what might enable her to understand Paul and reconnect with him.
This led to the creation of a third character Karl who wants love but can’t articulate this. Karl takes advantage of Anna but instinctively saves Paul from drowning. If actions define character, then this sequence makes him complex. I am intrigued by the idea that through suffering, violence and loss, we grow and develop, become kind and connect with other people. In Love At The End Of The World, it is a fine line between growth and degeneration.
Making Love At The End Of The World, I was also investigating the idea of cinema as an art form dedicated to looking. I was exploring the question, "how much can be communicated in a look?"
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