Movie : Borderline
Director : Marco Sandeman
” Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
Borderline is a story about impressions. It is also a story about intent. The movie quite adroitly depicts the phenomena of transience. An encounter occupies the most important place in one’s mind while several encounters elude the psyche of the other. Borderline oscillates between remembrance and forgetting, reminding everyone how memories create human beings and how they nurture or disturb one throughout their existence. The concept of happiness has been dexterously deconstructed by Marco Sandeman through the thoughts, gestures, and actions of Joan. The performance of Natalia Tena as Joan deserves a special mention as it aggressively drives the narrative forward. The performance never skips a beat and the emotions are impeccably portrayed by Natalia Tena.
The cinematography in the movie does a lot to set the tone of the narrative. The colors, the light, or the lack of it, all act in tandem to make the movie a delightful watch.
The ending reminds the avid lover of literature of a few lines by Virginia Woolf in “The Waves”.
” Time has whizzed back an inch or two on its reel;
our short progress has been canceled. I think also that our bodies are in truth
naked. We are only lightly covered with buttoned cloth; and beneath these
pavements are shells, bones, and silence.”
Virginia Woolf, The Waves
It reminds us of the angst in us to exist across time-defying all mortal limits. Borderline does the same. It erases all pre-existing margins for us to create the perfect domain of liberation.