Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

This review is written by Tanushree Sow Mondal (lovingly called Fluffy) of Class VII (2014). This was her very first review and it was written when inspired by Roger Ebert, an all time great movie critic, the entire class decided to start writing reviews. After reading this great piece of writing by a girl of her age, it’s not difficult to imagine Fluffy as a future Ebert. 


In spite of all the differences and diversity in the human society, there is one thing common about all of us- the quest for happiness. But what exactly is happiness and how do we obtain it? This is the theme revolving the movie ‘thirteen conversations about one thing’. With all its wisdom and philosophical reflections, the movie reveals to us the bitter truth of life- there is no light to the darkness of this infernal world and every action of ours is absolutely meaningless. All the promises of happiness are but creations of the human mind and the only true paths to happiness are ignorance and luck.

The movie begins with the entry of a happy and confident lawyer who believes that the world is a happy place, emitting sunshine over the lives of us all and everyone should and can bask in it without luck having to play any role in it. But as the story continues, the lawyer meets with an unfortunate incident in which he accidentally runs down a woman. Thereafter he is deprived of all his peace and happiness and repeatedly reopens his injury to punish and remind himself of his guilt. As a result of a single unfortunate event he has now transformed into a spiritually broken man.

While we ponder over the psyche of the human mind, the movie has in store another story for us, perfectly befitting the quote ‘ignorance is bliss’. It’s framed around the life of a cheerful girl who hitherto finds objective and goodwill behind every event. That’s when she becomes the victim of an accident (the same incident concerning the lawyer) which totally changes her character and she ultimately figures out that life is meaningless and no path takes course for an objective.

The movie tells the story of several unknowingly interconnected people who ultimately reached the same conclusion that life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.