Europe Edition

2019 Number 1

Cinema

From magic

to sense

That risky adventure of defying evil, for the purpose of rescuing or safeguarding something valuable that wants to be greedily snatched or destroyed by someone’s impulse or ruthless need; is at the same time, the internal battle of each one of us to free our resources from the claws of our own greed. Something in us wants everything and more, easy, and immediate, without regard and to our way.

We are contradicted by reality with its multiple fickleness and we confirm that we are alone and defenseless, without knowing how to fight or fight for what we said we wanted so much. We are exposed to different types of terrors: to be devoured, annulled, paralyzed, anyhow, various ways of feeling our loneliness. A good way to cope with it is to share it with our group. This is how the thirteen dwarves of the Hobbit go deep into the forest of fears; they face the first enemy, who is presented with two faces, like a gargoyle who threatens and invites: he is ruthless – like reality – and at the same time benevolent or protective.

The group manages to overcome incredible obstacles, if the will to rescue the good remains alive, if it confronts fears with an ingenious resource that annuls them. It is the desire to save themselves that will organize the resources and build an antidote, contraption or trick that always magically appears. It is in the wit of this fantasy or magic solution where creative resources are deployed, empathy and courage are developed. It is the fascinating and captivating thing about fantastic literature, which easily falls under a very realistic examination, but resurfaces strongly before the illusion of magical power.

However, the competition for material treasures and symbols of power is endless, as the logic of omnipotence and magic reigns. The terrors can only be truly overcome, through the creation of dialogues of emotional meanings, which weave an alternative reality, which gradually allow them to be abandoned and changed by trust in ties. And this is glimpsed at the end of the film.

Carolina Bórquez / Psychologist at the University of Chile. Training of psychoanalyst (e), of the Chilean Psychoanalytic Association. Member of the CEF Center for Social Phenomena, collaborator of the Chilean Center for Human Sexuality.

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