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... Normally I'd be at the jail now, but I cancelled because I was nervous about driving in the snow... and so instead I'm sharing thoughts on No-face, from Spirited Away.

In the film, Chiriru lets No-face into the bathhouse, thinking it's one of the gods who've come to relax there, when really it's literally a nameless no-face.



No-face is apart from everyone, but wants to be included. Its early attempts at friendship are transactional--it gives Chihiru a precious bath token she needs to clean a filthy tub, and later it entices others by offering them gold nuggets.



But this is not friendship. People are dancing attendance because they're being paid, and that kind of attention ultimately isn't satisfying. No-face's hunger for friendship becomes acute, and it ends up devouring people.



Fortunately, Chihiru gives it an emetic, and it vomits out all the would-be friends it consumed. From then on, no longer threatening, it accompanies Chihiru. Although the film is focused on Chihiru's story, in the corners, you can observe No-face learning how to be companionable--for instance, by sharing work (here, spinning for Zenibaba).



In the end, I feel like it achieves a kind of silent intimacy that's fulfilling.

(Forgive the blurry screen shot; I wanted to use it instead of the more commonly seen frontal version because from this angle you can see in the curve of their shoulders a kind of closeness, more so than you can see from the front.)



It doesn't have to change its nature, but it does have to learn a means of interacting that's acceptable to others (and rewarding to itself)--this thought brought to you courtesy of [personal profile] osprey_archer's recent entry in which she talks about a kind of unthinking "be yourself"-ism that's not very helpful when what you want to learn is how to be with others.

What I like about No-face's journey is that the journey is long, No-face has significant missteps early on, nevertheless gets to keep trying, and eventually reaches a better situation--without changing into something completely different.

Date: 2017-12-22 09:26 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Haruspex: Autumn War)
From: [personal profile] sovay
What I like about No-face's journey is that the journey is long, No-face has significant missteps early on, nevertheless gets to keep trying, and eventually reaches a better situation--without changing into something completely different.

Yes. That's very important.

Date: 2017-12-22 10:55 pm (UTC)
marycatelli: (Default)
From: [personal profile] marycatelli
He needs to avoid hanging out in so corrupting a place.

Date: 2017-12-23 03:14 am (UTC)
marycatelli: (Default)
From: [personal profile] marycatelli
At the end of the train journey -- the woman there says he has to stay away from it.

Date: 2017-12-23 01:49 am (UTC)
queenoftheskies: queenoftheskies (Default)
From: [personal profile] queenoftheskies
Because his journey is long, it's more meaningful and realistic, I think.

Date: 2017-12-23 02:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] osprey_archer
Oooh! I hadn't thought to chart No-Face's arc before, but you're so right. This is what is so wonderful about Studio Ghibli movies: they give this kind of care and attention not just to the main characters but to secondary characters, too, so that they have coherent arcs if you stop to look at them. It's like how all the settings are so beautifully detailed, and look lived in - that really careful, thoughtful attention to detail.

I always thought it was a bit odd how he continues hovering around in the background, hanging out with Zenibaba and so forth - but this makes it make sense.

Date: 2017-12-23 06:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zyzyly
One of my favorite films. I will have to watch it again and pay attention to No-face.

Date: 2017-12-23 12:14 pm (UTC)
cmcmck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cmcmck
'but it does have to learn a means of interacting that's acceptable to others'

Sounds very familiar.

Date: 2017-12-24 03:16 pm (UTC)
umadoshi: (Totoro hurrying along (going_in_motion))
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
This is a lovely post.

I need to rewatch the movie someday. I'm not sure I've ever even seen it subbed (and I'm very much an original-language-please viewer), since I saw it in theatres when it came here and our theatres are always more prone to showing dubbed versions.

Date: 2018-01-04 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] khiemtran
I think it's interesting that "expertise" is really just learning to do what isn't "instinctive". If it wasn't, everyone would be an expert. So sometimes learning is all about moving beyond what first seems right.

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