So the film where the guy hacks his arm off, that apparently caused people to faint when it was shown in the cinemas back in 2010, got a terrestrial airing last night. Whether it was because I was tired after an excellent weekend in the country, or whether it was due to being in the countryside itself, but the bits that had the most impact were the flashbacks — and hallucination-based flashforwards — that lead up to the arm-hacking.
I think what both this film and Into the Wild do really well is highlight the tension between the desire to get away from everything, 'back' to a 'natural' state, and the fact that this inevitably leads to severing ties with the people that love you most.
As for my rural weekend, well, that involved more cake and hot-tubs than the severing of limbs. More on that later.