A Day Will Come My Future Will Be Your Past

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Sarah Deboosere, Charles Blondeel | Belgium | 2015 | 25 m 17 s

‘A day will come my future will be your past’ makes you experience time through a contemporary tale about the friendship between two middle-aged women. In the story they get trapped in a wormhole between the first and last moment they met.  The film starts with the encounter of two young girls; Ona and Cecilia, in the serene setting of a park. They talk about Martin, a boy they are both in love with. However, what we hear next tells a different story. Their conversation, at first innocent and banal, shifts to contemplations about shared memories, present observations and future thoughts they have seemingly already experienced. This concept of time experience is also treated in the subject of their conversation “I wonder, why can I remember my past, but not remember my future?”, one of the girls asks. Then, the film itself becomes part of the narrative. ‘The fourth wall’, so to speak, is pulled away when the illusion, fed by an extensive stylizing (an idyllic setting, attractive young people, soft colours and delicate music) is shattered; the voices of the girls appear to be dubbed in a recording studio. The conversation feels unnatural and the directors do little effort to conceal this. Although the viewer chooses to forget, he is constantly reminded that everything is staged. With the three contrasting film genres; fiction, documentary and making of, handled in the film, the directors create an extensive web of layers. The viewer is invited to construct the storyline himself, shifting between these genres, giving significance and meaning to the story the protagonists move through.