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Z is for Zachariah (2015)
After the end of the world she thought she was alone. She was wrong.
Director: Craig Zobel
Science Fiction

In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist, he’s nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. A fragile, imperative strand of trust connects them. But when a stranger enters the valley, their precarious bond begins to unravel.

Z is for Zachariah (2015)

M is for…

Any film is a matter of how life is abstracted and that is especially so in science fiction. In this film, we have three primary abstractions.

The world. As with many science fiction movies, they simply make the world go away, except for our three characters. We get the slightest of explanations, which is fine because we understand it is a background convenience to allow us to focus on the characters and situation.

The characters. Because it is science fiction, we allow for abstracting toward archetype. This is done with some precision. There are three characters, all stereotypical. But the story meanders in an unpredictable way around lady Chatterly, or even The English Patient.

Margot impresses.

Posted in 2023

Ted’s Evaluation — 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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