Existentialist theologian Soren Kierkegaard famously said, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” True enough! It is his word that appear in the movie trailer for this intriguing masterpiece.
The film, however, makes clear that we can know something of life by the people we meet along life’s way. Director David Fincher puts it this way, “Benjamin is like a cue ball and all the people he collides with leave marks on him. That’s what a life is – a collection of these dents and scratches. They are what make him who he is and not anyone else.”
And it is those dents and scratches that each of us as well. Here is a powerful truth portrayed with brilliance in a powerful film.