Sunday, June 06, 2010
Frances L. Restuccia reviews Krzysztof Kieslowski’s White.
Here we have, then, more or less mainstream film working against the kind of cinema that Kristeva finds pernicious, i.e., that sustains the fetishist’s inability to face the negativity that indicates his or her mortality and that (were it to be encountered) would facilitate desire. Here we observe film that undoes resistance to the negativity or ‘the nothing,’ in Heideggerian terms, without which there can be ‘no selfhood’ or ‘freedom.’ Kristeva’s psychoanalytic work is founded on the Heideggerian idea that ‘For human existence, the nothing makes possible the openedness of beings as such. The nothing does not merely serve as the counterconcept of beings; rather, it originally belongs to their essential unfolding as such. In the Being of beings the nihilation of the nothing occurs’.
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