This picture just reminds me of the scene in Spirited Away where the main character, Chihiro, goes on a train ride across the spirit world, to go see Yubaba’s sister Zeniba about a way to help Haku recover from his injuries due to her curse.
I especially remember the shadow people who would get on and off the train. They had no form, and one could not see their faces… one thing I do remember is that they seemed sad. At the same time, there was a resignation to the scene that was the most heartbreaking.
As if their whole lives were a slow, automatic disaster of falling behind and catching up, and after a while they really didn’t care anymore. Hunched over to keep out the cold, but the cold had already found them.
And then falling into silence…
I wonder if they could ever find their way back, or if they just lived the rest of their lives in silence and formlessness, never being able to find their way home?
Soundtrack here. It’s beautiful. And if you haven’t ever watched the movie, go watch it right now.
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