Six Easy Pieces (2010) is the third film of the Reynold Reynolds Secrets Trilogy, preceding Secret Life (2008) and Secret Machine (2009). Inspired by the six elements of physics and the rhythms of time and space, Reynolds incorporates this continuous cycle of physics into the balancing act of the human psyche verses the human subject. The characters in this film are shown as performers, carefully adhering to the societal guidelines in scientific experiments, or musical and expressionist art pieces. Reynolds simultaneously exposes the character’s ‘inhumane side’, where the human psyche is at work trying to maintain societal composure and suppressing any indescribable feelings or urges, yet does not always succeed.
Monitored scientific experiments, scripted performance art pieces and 1940’s burlesque stage performances are scenarios in the film in which interpret Reynolds’ theory of the naturalized societal restrains on human activity, even within expressionist forms of performance.
Reynolds exposes the unnatural and inhumane desires of the psyche to each character’s outwardly polished performance. Through Reynolds’ double exposure of each performance, it is surreal as a viewer to recognize the authoritative guidelines engrained by society in order to make any performance appear ‘successful’.
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Six Easy Pieces, 2010