“We have everything in here, it’s the black box of our lives.”
Either by reading the preview, or watching the trailer above, you know what that quote is referring to. Even if you didn’t, I’m sure it wouldn’t take long to guess what “it” is. The black box of our lives is our cell phones. Whether you’re team iPhone or team Android (if you’re android, you’re probably better off using an actual black box… sorry), phones have easily become our most prized possessions. They might as well be glued to our hands because we never put them down. I mean, I’m literally typing with one hand right now because I can’t stop picking up my phone to check my fantasy football scores (I hate you, Todd Gurley, you never scored when you were on my team last year, now you’re the reason I’m losing *frown emoji*).
Because of our addiction to these phones, “Perfetti Sconosciuti” is the perfect movie to see right now. As an American, I know we are dangerously attached to these devices. I went to a high school that once put the equivalent of traffic signs on the hallway floor to try and prevent people from walking into each other because no one looks up from their phones. In college, we write advertisements on the sidewalk with chalk. You can say it’s cheap and easy way to spread the word, but we all know the real reason is the only way to get us to pay attention, is if it is below us because we’re too consumed with Instagram and Twitter to look up for more than two seconds. (This is probably weird time to promote Twitter, but you know what they say, “When in doubt, get more clout.” So with that, follow @ItalianITM and @JDejuan2 on Twitter, because why not?)
I’ve seen this movie three times now and it wows me every time. It’s so interesting to see another culture obsessed with the same things as we are. We can relate to people thousands of miles away because as this movie shows, we all use smartphones to make dumb decisions. Early on in the dinner, the friends are talking about a couple who are having problems due to one of them cheating. During the discussion, Cosimo mentions that if the guy is going to cheat, he should at least be smart and delete the messages. This essentially leads to the group playing the game. At first, not everyone wanted to play because they were nervous to let others know their personal business, or they were afraid of what might be found on their lover’s phone. Ultimately, they decide to play and we see what kind of chaos it leads to.
Each time I watch, the same thing comes to mind. Is it better to not know? I mean, we all want people to be truthful with us, and to not feel like things are being kept hidden from us. However, when you watch this movie and see what the secrets in everyone’s phones can do to a group that was, at one point, a happy, close-knit group of people, it’s hard not to think that maybe secrets are a good thing at times. That’s a debate that can go back and forth for days, which is why I think this movie is a must-see for anyone if you want to have an interesting conversation afterward.
If you’re feeling risky, you can even get some friends together and play it yourselves. If you aren’t that bold, but still kinda want to know what happens when people make themselves vulnerable and let people in their phones, check out a weekly show on Snapchat called “Phone Swap.” It’s a game where people on a blind date meet up and then find out they have to let the other person go through their phone before deciding to have another date. I think this show highlights how we put our entire lives into this “black box” and guard it with our lives. Everyone is so shocked and scared when they realize they are about to expose themselves to the world through an iPhone. One guy was so nervous about handing over his phone, that he became nauseous and almost fainted. Whenever I watch an episode, I see some of the same characteristics from characters in “Perfetti Sconosciuti”, and that’s why I think it is a good match to be the American equivalent of the Italian film.
We all like to think that we are invincible in life, but because of that little black box, “we’re breakable, all of us, some more than others.” Be sure to leave a comment if you have any thoughts or questions and don’t forget to share this after you read it. I apologize for the late post, but thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed it, and be sure to check out next week’s post as well. Ciao! A presto!