Truth is singular. Its versions are mistruths.
The above words are spoken by the character Sonmi-451, played by Bae Doo-na (a.k.a. Doona Bae), in the film Cloud Atlas which I went to see at the Odeon on Lothian Road last night (after another excellent meal at El Quijote). I have to say I find those words a challenge to those of us whose hobby it is to write versions of the truth. What, for example, should I do if I want to use a photograph to illustrate something I write and the scene depicted could be taken as the inspiration for the for the piece, but wasn’t? Am I being dishonest? At the very least, it will make me try to remember to tag posts “fiction” and “non-fiction” where there might be any doubt.
Cloud Atlas is directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis, best known for, respectively: Run Lola Run and: The Matrix trilogy, so I suppose I should have been forewarned…
TBT: to a date night movie this time last year.