There I was searching on Canadian Netflix for documentaries on tiny homes on wheels, as I have come across them before when I saw the movie called “Downsizing”. At first, I thought it was a documentary that was going to last a little over 2 hours but it wasn’t. Instead, it was a science-fiction film about people being able to reduce themselves to the height of not more than 6 inches.
The film was released on the big screen in 2017, but I did not notice it as I spend more time on the internet than watch TV, where advertising for it would have happened. I did find a trailer of this movie at youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Md0XJZlbAk
The scientist behind the human body reduction idea goal in this film was that humans would have less of an environmental impact if they were vastly smaller than their original height. They would consume fewer resources and take up less space on Earth. The reduction operation has to be done out of a person’s own free will and is irreversible once it has been done.
The main problem that comes up though, is that world politics have not changed and the reduction process gets used for dark purposes and the tiny world repeats some of the same bad situations of the big world.
The Arguments Used To Persuade People To become Tiny.
The film uses many of the reasons people choose to acquire a tiny home on wheels to convince people to become pixie size with twists that contradict one another attached to them.
You can have a lower debt load because when you are tiny you do not need the same size of material things you did when you were big size. You do not need as much material to make clothes for yourself or a house. You could have dozens of outfits and still not take up much space. You can have a mansion as a house since you will only use dollhouse size mansion that will take up way less space than an actual one.
Now, this idea is clearly a spoof on the original goals of the Tiny House Movement or what the scientist who came up with the body reduction procedure was aiming for. Consuming habits are clearly not going down in this instance. No one is sticking with living with the essentials. Their habits have not changed. They are still looking for material wealth. Only it is at a cheap price and no one is feeling remorse because their material possessions don’t take up much room.
Their consumption of energy sources is low not because they are being careful, but because as tiny people they just don’t use as much as big people.
I must also say that when persuading their audience to become tiny the arguments are presented for a white audience. A very stereotypical middle-class white audience. A man who works all day comes to his unreasonable size dollhouse home to find his wife relaxing in a tub who may or may not have spent too much money on a jewelry. It depends on whether you think $83 is a high amount of money when you are living tiny. That amount of money is the equivalent of a two-month food bill. Still, for a ring that would be pricer in the big world that is cheap.
Most Of The Tiny Ethnic Minorities In This Film Are Not Living A Life Of Luxury.
There is one black woman in all of the film who states that going tiny is the best thing she ever did. Perhaps a small percentage of minorities are doing well in the tiny community but it cannot be a high one. After her appearance, all other ethnic minorities do not appear to be doing very well. One of the main characters is a Vietnamese environmental activist who got shrunk against her will and lost a leg. She lives in an overcrowded apartment building with tiny rooms, tinier than those you see in better neighborhoods.
These tiny people are poor. The Vietnamese lady works as a house cleaner and brings leftovers from her clients’ fridges with their permission to the people in her housing complex who are all ethnic minorities. She will even take medication with a pass expiratory date to those who might still benefit from it because most of the people she knows cannot afford to pay for their own medication.
The white male lead in this movie played by Matt Damon, lives in a huge size dollhouse size home as a tiny man, while he lived in a smaller regular house when he was big size.
This is the side that no one will obviously talk about when promoting the tiny human lifestyle. Life is supposed to be better when you are tiny yet the problems from the big world repeat themselves. The politics don’t change.
None Of The Repeated Problems From The Big World Onto The Tiny World Get Resolved.
The scientist who came up with the way to shrink humans regrets that his ideal world is not working out. He is sad the Vietnamese lady was shrunk against her will. His solution is to take the original tiny colony he established underground where they can live until the Earth’s Atmosphere becomes completely clean again. There they will continue propagating the human race.
The Vietnamese lady and the Matt Damon character decide to continue doing good in their everyday lives until the pollution actually kills them, instead of burying themselves in the ground.
The Movie “Downsizing” Satires The Tiny House Movement’s Reasoning Into The Absurd.
When people take part in The Tiny House Movement one of the reasons is that they wish to lower their debt load by buying a cheaper home they will not have to spend years on paying a mortgage. They can use the money they save for other things such as traveling or spend less time working and more time with their families.
The second is to have less of an impact on the environment by using alternative energy sources such as solar panels. They live a minimalist lifestyle to stop over-consumption of needless objects. Most would like to live in a community with
The movie “Downsizing” presents the idea that a percentage of humanity has a darker motive behind their reasons for downsizing. They downsize themselves so they can consume more without the same consequences happening as when they were bigger. They have no control over themselves.
They become tiny in order to have what big rich people have. Their concern for the environment is non-existent. They are egocentric people.
The only people who live in a community fashion are the poor and the original tiny people colony established by the scientist who discovered the way to reduce people.
If you don’t like or understand satire you may not like this movie at all. If you are currently a tiny home on wheels dweller sincere in your efforts to help the planet and live in a community you may find this movie insulting to your morals and values. If you are into a bit of dark humor now and then you might actually get a kick out of this movie even if you support the Tiny house
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