“Gee, it’s funny how lonesome a fella can be… especially with a million people around him.”
Lonesome is such a sweet film. It depicts the business of modern life: getting up for work; commuting; putting in a long, chaotic day; chatting to friends afterwards about weekend plans; saying goodbye as they pair off; going back to your apartment to kill time… alone. It’s serious, it’s fun, it’s sweet, it’s beautiful. It’s Modern Times without the slapstick. It’s the film I expected Modern Times to be. It delivers.
Sometimes it’s hard having that aching hole in your life. No matter how many friends and family you have, they can’t fill that void. We’re human beings, the earth’s success story. Much of our success is down to instincts that can’t be overridden… and the need for companionship and romantic love is a powerful one when it strikes. These instincts are for the purpose of driving us towards procreation, whether we like it or not. Problem is that even without the desire to have children, we’re designed to be unhappy without that companionship. Again, there’s a purpose – that the unhappiness should push us to action. From a design standpoint it’s perfect… but it doesn’t make loneliness any easier to deal with for the lonely. This is what Lonesome is about.
Lonesome is a very odd film. It’s only partially silent and was one of the first feature-length films to feature sound. There are also a number of talking scenes and these are very powerful. The stark difference between the silent acting and speaking actors really emphasises their importance. Lonesome’s message is a simple one, beautifully told in a way that strikes the soul. It’s a truly excellent film and I highly recommend it.