my favorite frames

it's hard to pick a favorite frame from steve mcqueen's brilliant hunger (2008) because it is 96 minutes of one beautiful composition after another, but i think this is the one.

this moment of michael fassbender as bobby sands, examining his body as he gets deeper into his hunger strike, is so simple, beautiful and powerful. for the first time in the film, mortality supersedes ideology as the central consideration. he is his own corporeal map, jutting ribs and bedsores as signposts, all indicating point of no return.

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