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Narcissus (dir. Dovilė Gasiūnaitė, Lithuania, 2012)
Narcizas (Narcissus)
dir. Dovilė Gasiūnaitė
Lithuania, 2012, 95 minutes
Lithuanian, with English sub-titles

Bright Nights: The 4th Baltic-Nordic Film Festival
Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 7:00 pm
Narcissus (from Greek Narkissos) shares the root nark-, with narcosis and narcotic. All these words have the same origin in the verb narkaō – to intoxicate.  The film revolves around Theodore, a talented musician with a flourishing career. He seems to have everything, but is not happy. Although he causes a lot of trouble to friends and relatives (especially his wife, Erika), they can’t resist to his narcissistic charm.  But just how far will his narcissism take him? An intriguing character study bolstered by remarkable music, NARCISSUS is an examination of the nature of human happiness. “I was particularly interested to find out why a handsome and overall fortunate man says he never feels happy. He draws people in, but ends up hurting them, yet he is impossible to resist.” - Dovilė Gasiūnaitė