Tuesday, 15 December 2009

El que se tenga por grande (flamenco, scene from "The Limits of Control", review)

Perhaps the song below (second video from the actual movie) is the only thing of interest in the movie The Limits of Control. Ok, some quotes from the moronic scenario are good too (one, aptly characterized the entire movie: "Sometimes I like it in films when people just sit there, not saying anything.").


I had not felt sleepy so early in the night for ages; indeed, I would give this movie five stars for a miraculous new cure of chronic insomnia. Admittedly, the scene below woke me up for a while; but this is entirely forgivable.

On a more serious note, perhaps the director had in mind Camus' The stranger (the "killing an Arab" bit would fit in nicely), but hey, this kind of dramatization of existiantilism fares much better as a bad acid trip (hallucinatory references galore) than a good movie.


El que se tenga por grande
que se vaya al cementerio
y verá lo que es el mundo
es un palmo de terreno.

He who thinks he is bigger than the rest,
must go to the cemetery,
there he will see what the world is really like—
it is a handful of dirt.








El que se tenga por grande (flamenco, scene from "The Limits of Control", review)

2 comments:

danimeil said...

He who thinks he is bigger than the rest,
must go to the cemetery,
there he will see what the world is really like—
it´s a handspan of lan.

El que se tenga por grande
que se vaya al cementerio
y verá lo que es el mundo
es un palmo de terreno.

Meaning if you think you are big, check the world, which is actually small and meaningless and then you should realize that you are nothing.

Carlos Merino said...

It's just a chant to humbleness. It forces you to realize that humankind is the same thing everywhere, so there's no reason for you to feel better than others.