In the Grip of Grief: Epistemic Impotence and the Materiality of Mourning in Shinya Tsukamoto’s Vital

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Abstract

When someone close to us dies, we usually say that we are with them ‘in our thoughts’ or that they remain alive in our minds. The film Vital (Shinya Tsukamoto, Japan, 2004) challenges this disembodied view of grief by posing the following question: what would grief be like if we could keep the dead with us not only in our memories, but materially? The film provides an intriguing answer to this question, provided through a unique setting, that of a medical school dissection class. Despite the macabre setting, Tsukamoto’s aim is not to shock but to offer an intense meditation on the embodied nature of mourning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Takes in Film-Philosophy
EditorsHavi Carel, Greg Tuck
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages240-255
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780230294851
ISBN (Print)9780230250291
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

Structured keywords

  • Centre for Humanities Health and Science

Keywords

  • Film-Philosophy
  • Vital
  • Shinya Tsukamoto

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