But what he sees instead is so much more profound and so much more to the point - he sees each of his friends as they're getting into bed, in their little houses and apartments. Films are usually about what you literally see; they're a literal medium. What you get here is just a shot of people getting into bed, but it yanks you into a deeper reality. Rather than seeing what the eye sees, we see what the mind sees. It's the kind of effect that's generally only achievable in stream-of-consciousness fiction, and unbelievably moving.
Howard Franklin's screenplays include 'The Name of the Rose' (co-writer) and 'Quick Change'. His first film as director, 'The Public Eye', opened earlier this year.
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