Filmgrenser: Stranger than Fiction
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Marc Foster´s 2006 Stranger than Fiction describes the sudden unraveling of the life of the mundane IRS auditor, Harold Crick (Will Farrell). Crick suffers from an obsessive compulsive disorder that has him measuring out every facet of his life - from the number of times he chews his food to the number of socks in his sock drawer. He finds reassurance in repetition, routine and the planning out of every second of every day. His life is a vision of decorum and predictability - he never ventures off the straight path. This all changes, however, when one morning Crick´s life is interrupted by voice over. A disembodied voice (heard only by himself) is suddenly ever-present, narrating his every thought and his every move. It soon transpires that the voice is that of an author who, oblivious to the fact that Crick is a living, breathing human being, is writing his life story. The inevitable meeting of the two leads to a sequence of events both hilarious and touching that bring the story to its dramatic end.
Foster´s film is a metaleptic celebration, metalepsis being the narratological term for the transgression of boundaries between diegetic (story) levels. Metalepsis occurs, for example, when a character in a novel becomes aware of the author who creates him. The boundaries crossed in Stranger than Fiction are not only narratological. The movie questions the borders between fiction and reality, between visual images and text, between agency and determinism. Featuring an all star cast that includes Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the movie broaches the question of borders in a way that is not only stimulating and challenging but also immensely entertaining.
STRANGER THAN FICTION (USA 2006), 113 min. Directed by Marc Forster. With Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman.