Sy Parrish, an employee at a one-hour photo lab, got obsessed with a family that frequently use their photo printing service. His obsession made him discover the secret of one member of the family.
Director: Mark Romanek
Writer: Mark Romanek
Stars: Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, et. al.
Sy: Family photos depict smiling faces- births, weddings, holidays, children’s birthday parties. People take pictures of the happy moments in their lives. Someone looking through our photo album would conclude that we had led a joyous, leisurely existence free of tragedy. No one ever takes a photograph of something they want to forget.
Sy: I’ve been doing P.O.S. mini-lab work for over 20 years now. I consider it an important job. When houses are on fire, what’s the first thing people save after their pets and loved ones? The family photos. Some people think this is a job for a clerk. They actually believe that any idiot attending a two-day seminar can master the art of making beautiful prints in less than an hour. But of course, like most things, there’s far more to it than meets the eye.
Nina: What, pookie?
Jake: I feel bad for someone.
Nina: Somebody at school?
Nina: What do you mean, you feel bad?
Jake: When someone seems sad, they don’t have any friends and people make fun of them, that makes me feel bad for them.
Nina: Who is sad and doesn’t have any friends?
Nina: Sy? The photo guy at the one-hour place?
Jake: Yeah. I really feel bad for him.
Nina: But, Jake, we don’t know that Sy is sad. We really don’t know that much about him, you know. I mean, he might even have a lot of friends. And he probably has a girlfriend, and a mommy and a daddy who love him.
Jake: I don’t think he does.
Nina to Will: You’re an emotionally neglectful husband. And you’re an emotionally neglectful father.
Sy: I’m sure my customers never think about it, but these snapshots are their little stands against the flow of time. The shutter is clicked, the flash goes off, and they’ve stopped time, if just for the blink of an eye. And if these pictures have anything to say to future generations, it’s this: “I was here. I existed. I was young. I was happy and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture.”
Sy: Most people don’t take snapshots of the little things: the used Band-Aid, the guy at the gas station, the wasp on the Jell-O. But these are the things that make up the true picture of our lives. People don’t take pictures of these things.
Sy (reading a line from a book): “The things we fear the most have already happened to us.”
Nina: Wow. I had no idea you were such a deep thinker, Sy.
Sy : According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word “snapshot” was first used in 1808
by an English sportsman by the name of Sir Andrew Hawker. He noted in his diary that almost every bird he shot that day was taken by snapshot, meaning a hurried shot, taken without deliberate aim. “Snapshot,” then, was originally a hunting term.
Tags: Movie About Obsession, Movie About Infidelity, Movie About Photography