Filmmaker Anand Gandhi explores the age-old idea of Theseus’ paradox, and projects these wildly philosophical findings onto his latest experimental narrative feature entitled Ship of Theseus. More perplexing back-story after the jump!
Read more in-depth analysis as follows (via IFFR 2012):
“Three philosophical parables converge at a paradox: restoring a photographer’s eyesight might do more harm than good; a monk with ethical concerns chooses death over life-saving surgery and a stockbroker seeks justice when an organ is illegally sold.
This original, idiosyncratic debut of philosophy graduate Anand Gandhi is a contemplative quest involving three parables. Plutarch’s paradoxical question of whether Theseus’s ship, when restored by replacing all of its parts, still remains the same ship, is applied to contemporary life issues.
The first story focuses on a blind photographer who captures the essence of life through intuition, but faces an existential crisis when eye transplants restore her sight. In the second, a monk dedicated to animal rights, non-violence and beliefs about cause and effect, refuses a life-saving transplant when faced with a lethal disease.
Ethics and life-and-death decisions are the focus in the third tale about a stockbroker tracking down the culprits of an organ theft committed on a poor man in surgery. The stories, done in a cinematically refined manner, connect at the end in an ironic moment of belonging.”
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Trailer for SHIP OF THESEUS.