Fairy tales occupy a special place in storytelling, using imagination to explore the philosophical mysteries that haunt our daily lives. And while fairy tales nowadays are associated with children for their family-friendly content and always happy endings afterward, these unusual stories can also be filled with blood and violence. Described as a dark fairy tale, Shout It explores the limits of freedom in a society in which violence is stirred, where the only glimpse of success comes from the hope that one day you will be on the other side of the stick. And while the film’s main theme echoes deeply human fears, Shout It also leads us to think of another kind of domination, that of animals.
Formerly known as Samuel’s travelAnd the Shout follow Samuel (Kevin Janssens), a man lost in Eastern Europe, only to be captured by a farming family and forced to live like a pig. Parallel to the misadventures of Samuel, the film also explores the escape attempts of a piglet, who has some intelligence on a human level and is capable of primitive communication. Samuel and the Piglet are united in their unfortunate state, locked up on a farm, sleeping in the dirt, and eating whatever their owners decide to feed them. As we watch both creatures suffer similarly, we can’t help but think of how animals are reduced to the position of things to have, even if they are rational beings, with their own fears and desires.
Samuel’s condition is very disturbing because he has turned into an inhumane situation. The daughter of pig farmer Kirk (Laura Celia) She claims that she loves the handsome alien, but still keeps him in chain, naked, deprived of every trace of dignity. Samuel is frequently beaten when he refuses to listen or shows rebellion. Kirk expects blind obedience from her new pet, and while her love appears to be genuine, it is unsettling to see her subject Samuel to such cruel treatment as she claims to protect him from the dangers of the woods. The only thing that could justify this apparent hypocrisy is Kirk’s belief that Samuel is nothing more than something to be manipulated, just like the pigs on her farm. And if Samuel doesn’t deserve his sad state, maybe the pigs don’t deserve it either.
Over questioning the horrors of Animal Farm, Shout He also uses his dark fairy tale to make a point about human power struggles. Samuel wouldn’t be the only human reduced to an animal status (mistreated), and the personification of people and monsters alike is part of the feuds between the various cultivators. Everyone wants to be the smartest and strongest person out there, which usually means deceiving each other and even destroying other people’s property. The brutality of the world forces the new generation to become savage, otherwise they will be like any other farm animal on their way to slaughter after life in the mud.
It is also worth noting that Shout It also undermines expectations by having a male victim. Xavier Jeans” border(s)And the Pascal Logie‘s martyrsAnd the lucky maki‘s womanAnd the Bin Young‘s hunting dogs… There are so many films – more or less successful – about a woman being kidnapped and trapped by some twisted impulse that “dungeon woman” has already become a recognized trope. So, it’s somewhat refreshing to follow the story of the genre’s inversion by showing a woman taking a man into captivity, only to tame him into submission.
And speaking of submission, ShoutThe fairy tale also explores voluntary captivity, asking how much of our self-esteem we’re willing to trade in for a comfortable life. While the jungle is dangerous and can destroy the little pigs roaming alone, it also allows the creatures to be truly free. On the other hand, the farm offers a roof, food, and some care businesses. All you have to do to enjoy these little comforts is to give up your freedom, an act that can be both painful and equally enjoyable.
Comparing human and animal conditions, Shout It creates a dark fairy tale that forces us to reflect on the daily violence to which various living beings are subjected. While it may casually advocate for animal rights, the film actively attempts to discuss the dynamics of abusive relationships, in which one part has complete power over the other’s welfare. While these relationships can be cruel and sinister, they can also represent a place where someone can give up their freedom and all the fears that come with the possibility of choice. Unlike modern fairy tales, Shout It does not have a clear moral lesson, which gives the viewer the hard work of coming to their own conclusions. This is part of what makes Shout Very engaging, the film allows for multiple readings about sordid work structures, the possibility of being happy in an abusive relationship, animal abuse, and even the meaning of freedom itself.
Shout Coming to theaters and on demand on August 19.