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Depressing Everyday Exploit Films

'A Decade' By TreeHouse Studios Explores Changes in Average Life

— September 10, 2012 — Life-Stages
Exploring the mundane, the 'A Decade' By TreeHouse Studios short film delves into the future.

Beginning with a college graduation, the short explores the average life of an adult in Hong Kong. Highly reminiscent of the 1950s Théâtre de l'Absurde genre, the plot of this 90-second film highlights the blase attitude that comes with a monotonous lifestyle. The continual dissatisfaction of the protagonist leaves spectators more empathetic as there is no moment of breakthrough in which he finally finds happiness.

The existential theme of this film rings true to many in western society. People are often so involved in their routine, that time goes by without meaning. Perhaps the most striking part of this film is the finale in which the protagonist is seen in a tiny living space, accompanied by others in box-like compartments. That fragment of the short is a powerful commentary on the living conditions of modern day China. A Decade By TreeHouse Studios is simplistic, but it offers insightful perspective and encourages self-exploration.
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