What happens after you die
November 1, 2007 7:33 PM   Subscribe

Thanatorama [flash] You died this morning. Are you interested in what comes next? Webdocumentaire.
posted by tellurian (25 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
The tough thing about these ambiguous web art installations is that when they take forever to explain what's going on, I'm still sitting there wondering if/why I should bother.

So, anyone else care to sit and watch it long enough to come back and report your findings?
posted by revmitcz at 7:56 PM on November 1, 2007


I did?!?!
posted by Flunkie at 8:06 PM on November 1, 2007


revmitcz - click chapters to skip the intro. Yes, I think you should bother, it's very well made - but I'm biased ;-i
posted by tellurian at 8:10 PM on November 1, 2007


Interminable.
posted by ook at 8:27 PM on November 1, 2007


Is this something I would have to be French to understand?
posted by nola at 8:30 PM on November 1, 2007


Flunkie: You did!!!!
posted by jiiota at 8:34 PM on November 1, 2007


No, I didn't die, I just have a really, really bad hangover OK.
posted by sien at 8:34 PM on November 1, 2007


Very interesting. Thank you.
posted by ColdChef at 8:35 PM on November 1, 2007


Je suis mort?

Merde.
posted by miss lynnster at 8:39 PM on November 1, 2007 [4 favorites]


Apparently, an annoying French voice makes my Firefox crash... just like when I was alive. Big whoop.
posted by Krrrlson at 8:50 PM on November 1, 2007


Wow. That thing gets pretty graphic. I hope they got permission from the families of the deceased.
posted by ColdChef at 8:53 PM on November 1, 2007


meh
posted by Hello Dad, I'm in Jail at 8:53 PM on November 1, 2007


eh
posted by porpoise at 9:19 PM on November 1, 2007


"You are lying on a steel table in a mortuary, suddenly your eyes fill with light..."

Um, no, they don't, not unless I'm trapped in some weird horror movie, anyway.
posted by Avenger at 9:24 PM on November 1, 2007


Has it been 1,000 years already?
posted by ninjew at 9:52 PM on November 1, 2007


I'm surprised more people didn't like this. I found this both engagingly presented and unsettling in an interesting way. The flash is a little buggy in parts, but the server might be strained so I can forgive that.

I like the music. I like the photography. I like the detail and specificity of everything. I like that the narrator uses everyone's first name.

For some reason, I kept thinking of Les Revenants as I watched it.

Thanks for the link, tellurian.
posted by churl at 10:07 PM on November 1, 2007


No, I died in 1986.
posted by Henry C. Mabuse at 10:58 PM on November 1, 2007


I think my mood was set poorly by the format, and especially by the introduction -- by the third or fourth time the guy slowly intoned "Are you ready for what comes next?" I was ready to shout YES! GET ON WITH IT ALREADY!

It's an interesting subject, and there does appear to be some good photography in there if you're willing to sit around and wait for them to get around to narrating it.

I guess I feel like, if you're going to make a website, give me the text as text, so I can read at my own pace, and let me flip through the images at will: give me some control, don't just tease me with a couple of yes-no questions every now and then. If you're going to make a linear movie, just go ahead and make a movie and don't leave me sitting here with a mouse in my hand looking for something to do with it. This would've made a fine short film, and in that format probably wouldn't have left me feeling nearly as impatient.
posted by ook at 11:14 PM on November 1, 2007


Having just buried a brother I thought it was captivating, you just have to click on the links and watch them. A little morbid, yes, but it does give insight on the burial process, in France. Freaking weird, but I say well done.
posted by highgene at 1:07 AM on November 2, 2007


I kinda lost interest when I died.
posted by Joeforking at 1:18 AM on November 2, 2007


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posted by Ian A.T. at 1:19 AM on November 2, 2007


This is very well done...thank you.
posted by rmmcclay at 2:47 AM on November 2, 2007


Flash...Friday...Fuck that creeped me out.
posted by damnthesehumanhands at 7:07 AM on November 2, 2007


Not to be confused with the other postmortal film, After Life.
posted by eritain at 12:59 PM on November 2, 2007


For those that appreciated this post, thanks. This submission to Laureat 2007 won best prize. When I first came across it, it was in French only (that didn't matter, I watched it through anyway), and I contemplated posting it because I found it profoundly moving because of its imagery. Goodness knows what the reaction would have been then. Now it has subtitles. This prompted me to post it. I think it is a masterpiece in terms of demystification of the death process.
To the detractors: I'd like to ask, did you view the content? Some of you may have had some technical problems but there is also a dismissive attitude here. Comments like: "Is this something I would have to be French to understand?" and "Apparently, an annoying French voice makes my Firefox crash... just like when I was alive. Big whoop." and "meh". Seriously… why did you bother?

And on that note - Why do I?
posted by tellurian at 8:10 PM on November 3, 2007


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