Slaughterhouse Five


The multilayered novel by Kurt Vonnegut makes it to the screen in fine fettle as a haunting, poetic and funny elegy. Billie Pilgrim (Michael Sacks) survives the horrific firebombing of Dresden at the end of World War II. He subsequently lives out simultaneous past lives as a POW and a well-loved zoo resident on the planet Tralfamadore, and a present-day life as an aging optometrist from New York.


3 thoughts on “Slaughterhouse Five

  1. This movie (novel) seems like a more idealized and less traumatic way to illustrate schizophrenia. Whether or not any intention of highlighting mental disorders was an element in the story…mental disorders bring about issues of time and displacement.

    Chemically altered (mental disorders are naturally chemically induced in the brain) states of mind seem to shift the meaning and experience of time for the person experiencing it. This has always intrigued me because someone in an altered state of mind will experience the same hour of life as me at a different rate even though the beginning and end are the same. This is a difficult subject to tackle and very interesting. ( assuming this has ANYTHING to do with the intention of the author! )

  2. it was an interesting movie but it seems that it is one of those books that is just much better to be read than watch it was confusing in the aspects of time travel and the ending wasn’t that clear to me i really failed to see whether the main character was crazy or really traveling but i did enjoy the film over all

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