My thoughts on David Lynch's "Rabbits"
Updated: Apr 26
There is this extremely weird movie I have just watched, David Lynch’s "Rabbits". It’s a movie about three humanoid rabbits living together and saying things to each other that don’t seem to be relatable or connected in any way whatsoever. A very awkward and uncomfortable movie.
Although devoid of continuous meaning, the movie seems to have its parts connected to each other in a very logical way that we, as the viewers, cannot see for ourselves, but attempt to guess and theorize whatever is going on.
There are two types of scenes in the movie that occur one after another. The first type seems to be a parody of a family spending the night together in an apartment, while there are clapping and laughing tracks where we least expect them, and in the second type, each of the rabbit characters gets their own scene, where they sing and repeat the same lines the rest have made but make no sense whatsoever.
Even if it looked absurd and horrific, as there was a horror ambient track looping in the background, I felt somehow connected to the scenes of this movie from a personal perspective, because the absurdity of this movie is the same absurdity that exists in our world, but that absurdity within our world is one that we have chosen to accept as the norm.
And in that alternative universe, where rabbits are sentient humanoid beings, they have their own logic and order that we cannot initially see, because we have yet to become accustomed to that universe’s logic, and thus it seems absurd to us, the same as it might be if it were vice versa.
The movie plays as if there’s nothing wrong, as if it’s common for the audience to clap enthusiastically whenever a character that we already saw enters the apartment where the entire "plot" of the movie exists.
As if it’s usual to disturbingly pause the whole movie when the apartment’s telephone rings, for a few minutes, and then answer it without saying anything, as even a single hello wasn’t said in the only time the phone rang in the movie.
But the element of horror in the movie seems, at least for me, to disappear, when one realizes that what we are watching is merely an alternative universe where there are vastly different rules, norms, and logical coherence. It is just that it seems absurd because that’s what it initially appears to be.
But when one keeps an eye on how the movie and the world it portrays operate and are managed, what we initially assumed to be absurd, is simply a different set of species with a different culture, where what we see in it is completely normal and usual in the world we are experiencing.
From this movie, I have learned what I already seem to have experienced in this world: It’s not that the external world is completely absurd, it’s just that there’s a hidden layer of logic that exists within it.
Thus, the ultimate insight that this movie can offer us, I believe, is that we shouldn’t be so easily tricked by the confidence in our suspicions, as there may be a hidden layer in what we’re seeing that our current suspicions seem to completely ignore and, thus, fail to acknowledge the possibility of additional information that they do not include within them.
It’s easy to "sink" ourselves in the conclusion that the other side is completely absurd or has gone nuts, but should we look deeper within that side, we may find that it has simply a different logical construct that we have yet to become aware of.