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Symmetry: A Beautiful Film that Plays the Same Forward and Backward [VIDEO]

Symmetry is long believed to be an indicator of attraction. Many artists have explored the way symmetry links to universal beauty, and so it has been heavily explored in paintings, photography and other art forms. But how deeply has symmetry been explored in film?

Created by 24-year-old Yann Pineill as a graduation project at the graphic design school ESAG-Penninghen in Paris, “Symmetry” is a palindromic short film that explores many aspects of symmetry. Besides incorporating symmetric layouts in many scenes, “Symmetry” plays a trick on viewers by playing the same footage and sounds in the second half of the film as in the first, only mirrored.

Though the short plays the same way forward and backward, the plot moves us through a chronological story of a man who argues with his partner and almost partakes in an affair only to decide to make up with his partner at the end of the day. Telling both the angry and remorseful sides of the story using one set of footage was only possible through clever acting that leans on the way viewers change their perceptions as the plot progresses. Pineill told Fast Company’s Co.Design:

I would tell the actors to try to exist in a place between two feelings, such as between anger or pain, or sadness and puzzlement. Depending on which way the footage is played, the viewer automatically selects which emotion seems to be most suitable given the situation.”

Make sure you watch “Symmetry” from beginning to end (or end to beginning); at 3:45 you’ll see the footage mirror itself and begin playing backward!

Screencap of Symmetry by Yann Pineill

Screencap of Symmetry by Yann Pineill

See more of Pineill’s short films on Parachutes.tv

   
 
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