X is for Xylophone – Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo
This could Easily have been funny, it’s a ridiculous concept when you think about it and could very easily have just been ridiculous.
But it wasn’t. There was more to it. The tone of it was quite emotional and pretty sad. Obviously yes, Death is sad, especially when it’s children, but we have seen much death in this journey, it’s not really going to be our emotional trigger at this point.
Sorry if I’m showing my inner psycho here a little, but I found the woman to be very relatable. She obviously cared for the child, she was happy that the child was happy at first, but then as the repetitive sounds and actions continued, they started to agitate her, filling her with frustration, resentment even. Eventually she just snapped, and afterwards she was devastated, and tried to undo her mistake, despite knowing that she just couldn’t. Clearly this woman was a little unhinged.
Now, I’m not saying that I wanna murder children because they annoy me, it’s not even about children for me. It’s that feeling you get when something just rubs you the wrong way, you feel like you’re losing your mind, you feel like you actually might snap and do something disproportionate to the agitation. Like when a tap wont stop dripping, and it drives you crazy and you feel like doing things that wont even stop the dripping tap, you just wanna throw shit and tear shit up because it’s annoying and it Just. Wont. Stop.
It’s completely irrational, but this film exaggerates that feeling and in doing so, captures it so well.
Or maybe I’m just crazy. Either way, I had fun here.