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Film / Eagles Gathered

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A character referred to only as "The Silver Girl" wanders through a grey afterlife followed by her invisible lover ("The Golden Boy") and accompanied by something which may or may not be an angel.

This 2014 film is a surrealist retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, often eschewing such banalities as plot, setting, names, and basic coherency, in favor of characterization and study of the complex relationships between the three main characters.

Eagles, Gathered contains examples of:

  • A Good Way to Die: Silver even says the words.
  • Ambiguous Ending: Did Silver come back to life when she died, or is dying a second time worse than the first? Was Gold missing because she successfully rescued him, or because he was never there at all?
  • Ambiguously Evil: Bob — was he really trying to help Silver, or did he deliberately work to guarantee her fate? Or is he simply a neutral agent of death?
  • Arc Words: "Golden boy, golden boy, where have you been?"
  • Bittersweet Ending: Silver doesn't manage to avoid her own death, but she does go to it willingly.
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  • Dead to Begin With: All human characters, since the film is set in the afterlife.
  • Magic Countdown: Justified; time passes differently in the underworld. (The count even moves up a couple of times.)
  • Mind Screw: Oh so very much so. Your earth logic does not apply in the underworld.
  • Nameless Narrative: Or nearly so, Bob being the obvious exception.
  • No Name Given: Nearly all characters.
  • No Romantic Resolution: Were Gold and Silver ever in love? Are they still? Did Gold even exist? Did he and Silver end up in the same place? Who knows?
  • Silence, You Fool!: Silver tries it. Turns out, the underworld tends to take that sort of thing literally. It takes them a while to get sound working again.
  • Take Our Word for It: Heavily used, especially for the Plane (when they're not using forced perspective), but most famously for the Bush.
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  • With a Friend and a Stranger: Silver is trying to rescue her friend and lover Gold from the underworld, and is joined on the way by Bob the (maybe) angel.

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