Three phases of Marcel’s (as the Hero of Ruiz’s film) relationship with his own mortality (with his life vis-a-vie his death) is metaphorized through the multifaceted image of the ocean “with its plenitude and fertility and its swallowing emptiness”, the ocean “from which we came and to which we’ll return”.

Three ages of Marcel as the main character of the film are depicted in this still. Faraway, near the waters of the ocean we see the tiny figure of Marcel-the boy running along the coastal waves. We see Marcel of the mature years – Marcel-the writer, near the low and right margins of the still, the margin which, as if, cutting his head (his intelligence) from his body with the indifference of death. We learn to live with this indifference while being (mostly unconsciously) obsessed with our death. Finally, in the very center of the still we see Marcel right before his death – on his very way to the ocean, from which he and all of us came to the world as our phylogenetic ancestors.

As we see, Marcel the writer is represented as the world-observing head – as a personification of extraordinary intellectual sublimation. We see him having as an observer a vantage point – he contemplatively presides over his childhood (the figure of Marcel-the boy) and over his future death (Marcel moving to his close death). It is, as if, Marcel-the head is living together with his past (carrying his childhood inside itself) and with his future (in his very mortality).

While Ruiz shows Marcel-on his last steps only through his head-and-torso, only Marcel-the boy running away from the waves and pursuing them is shown with complete body, as death, probably prefers to take us back as she has released us into the world through her first miraculous trick – our birth.

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