Charlie Finds a Dead Twig
A coming of age story.
It’s one of the best films of the year and a triumphant followup to my debut work, Benway’s Deathbed, which also is a searing investigation into the nature of life and death. This newer work reveals a hitherto unseen optimism in the oeuvre of Nation . . . er . . . I mean me. At the beginning Charlie is presented with a brightly coloured ball, representing a view of life bereft of meaning yet with the potential for happiness in a universe abandoned by God. When he discovers the dead twig, he is at first confounded but then looks off into the distance to contemplate the challenges of human existence in a world replete with conflicting symbols and unanswerable questions.