A bus driver thinks that a junkie he used to see regularly has died. He regrets not having helped her. But soon she shows up again.
Have a great Tuesday with a Kimuak short!
Aitzol Aramio`s Terminal is an unhappy love story spoiled by the prejudices of the main character, a man who works at the ticket booth of a bus company (Miguel Ángel Solá). He falls in love with a young junkie (Blanca Oteyza), whom he sees every night on the bus that takes her from work, a night club, to home. This story is full of tenderness and subtlety. It is centered on the profoundly human, kind-hearted and transparent character of the drug addict, and shows the cowardice of the man who gives more importance to the woman`s past than the possibility of a future with her.
While the masculine character does not evolve, the young woman undergoes a profound transformation throughout the story. The concept of movement, of progress is materialized through the bus trip. The vehicle represents the crossroads of everyday existence where everyone takes a direction. In case of the woman, it symbolizes the path towards redemption, and the struggle to be happy. Bilbao`s Termibus ticket booth marks the turning point of this personal pilgrimage: the initial hell, and then that of the arrival, and the man`s rejection. Fortunately, the ending makes it clear that in spite of the pain, the young woman embarks on a new journey by herself. He however is anchored to a station from which he will never move. His existence is limited to observing the journeys that other people take every day. And like everything in life, this choice has a price: loneliness and melancholy. Under the day`s light, the bus runs around the city. Taciturn, the clerk grabs the bar with both hands, and his little finger keeps searching for the woman. But it is now too late. His incapacity leads him to regret things twice.
Ultimately, beyond the tender story of impossible love, the short film reflects about the distinctive positions people take before life. It criticizes a society where those who are stagnant look at the world from behind a watchtower, from a moral high ground, and do nothing to help others in their transformative journeys. Their inaction turns them into an example of virtue, when in fact they are cowards and egoists who feel nothing, and suffer nothing.
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