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26 December 2009

The Missing Piece

A friend of mine in Israel is working on a series of short films that show a person dealing with a missing piece from his past. It could be about something that was being said or something that wasn't said. It could be a missing "I love you" or a missing kiss, or it could be a missing punch in the face.

At the end of the blog post about the project, he asks readers to tell him about their own missing pieces.

I have been trying to find mine ever since I heard about the project a few years ago, but I can't find it. Either I'm lying to myself or I'm living the perfect life. There's no person from my past who needs to hear what I have to say. There's no one to apologize to or kiss or hit. Maybe I'm just shallow. How is it possible that I don't have a missing piece?

Here's one of the shorts, "Haircut."


15 comments:

Xbox4NappyRash said...

Nice concept.

I don't think I could narrow it down to any one thing or event. There's just far too much that wasn't done right, or not at all.

Then again, maybe if it had been, then other stuff would be missing now.

Hmmm. Deep dude.

SJ said...

Like Xbox I can't pick a particular moment. There are many a if only I had thrown a punch in the face moments when I think about it!

I wish I had been more violent :(

Cooper said...

I'm afraid, quite seriously, that there are way too many missing pieces at this point in time.

People in the Sun said...

Xbox, you're right, though. The lives of two women in the video were determined by a single sentence. Others live their lives knowing they didn't say what they needed to say. I've made some choices that determined the rest of my life, but I don't know if anything I did required me need to go back and fix things.

SJ, I hit some people back, and some I didn't. I can say, "I should have hit that other kid rather than let him make fun of me like that," but you know, he was stronger than me... I don't feel I was defined by NOT hitting anyone back. Although maybe hitting them would have made me a different person, for good or bad.

Cooper, Oh oh... Time to make those phone calls? But I don't really know. Is it necessary to go back for closure? Or do we just continue living, knowing there are missing pieces out there?

Ellie said...

Maybe your missing piece(s) is(are) so small that you just don't notice. Like time you didn't get seconds of your favourite dessert because someone else got there before you.

Anonymous said...

Amazing as always

People in the Sun said...

Ellie, I bet there are a few of these. And it's entirely possible that one small thing like that indeed defined the future me.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

OH! Ok I'm understanding better because of the comments. I couldn't see the video. :-( I was going to say, I have LOTS of missing things because I can't remember squat unless I write it down. And even then, I usually lose the paper. But it's one of those, "I should have done X instead of Y" things? I'm sure I have PLENTY of those too. In fact, now that my gal's a teenager, it's pretty much a daily occurrence...

People in the Sun said...

Jill, I think it could be either something you didn't do or a wrong decision. Whatever it is, it's something that haunts you and makes you feel you need to fix.

The person in the short film told another girl in school that her hair was ugly, because a boy she liked told her he liked the other girl's hair. She then cut her hair short and everyone made fun of her for having short hair. So years later, the first girl tracks her down and asks her to cut her own hair to make her feel better for what she did. And at the end of the movie she cuts her hair.

Sorry about the video not working for you. Is it your computer or maybe it doesn't work on Internet Explorer or anything else?

Sebastien said...

Maybe it's because you have no regrets? which could be a good thing. My missing piece... wish I had been potty trained. That would've made life a little easier.

GirlGriot said...

Wow. For Liron and Hodaya and just in general. When I think of how many moments there are for me, even just in the last two or three years ... sigh.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

I don't know - it must be my computer because I've had this problem before. So maybe it's sort of like a movie about what Yom Kippur is supposed to be like if you really followed the rules?

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Maybe it IS my computer, 'cause I can see it on this one. And it's really very moving in a disturbing sort of way. It *would* be nice if all regrets could be resolved so neatly.

People in the Sun said...

Sebastien, yes, but that's what makes you unique!

GirlGriot, really? Moments that you feel so strongly about and feel the need to revisit? See, I don't know what your moments are, but for me it's not simply regret. I saw another of these movies, about a guy who was in love with a girl in elementary school, who gets to live his fantasy and confess his love. And he has a good life now--he wouldn't want to leave his family for the girl he loved as a kid, but he still needs to tell her how he felt, you know? So, is it something like that?

Jill, I think that in this particular movie, though, maybe it helps the main girl, but it probably doesn't help the other one. Her own missing piece is probably different. Glad you got to see the movie.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Well, you know, I posted that and then had to go to work. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought it probably helped the other girl too. Because although she suffered a lot at the hands of the blond, in the end she found out that the other girl had suffered almost as much. If not as intensely at first, at least for a greater length of time. And then I started thinking about how the one act of insecurity had caused so much misery in BOTH their lives... It was interesting in any case - glad I did get to see it.

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