Swan Song — Last but Not Least

REVIEW
Have you ever wondered how to build your best life? One wants to stay in comfort and stability, another aspires to new emotions and variety. If you are still rushing between many options and cannot understand which one will be better for you, look at how the main character of Swan Song (2021) deals with this issue.
by Anastasiia Preizner




24/10/2021
The film directed by Todd Stephens is a part of his series of homosexual movies, which are set in the city of Sandusky (Todd's hometown). The plot of Swan Song is based on the story of Patrick Fitzenbarger, the former star of the style world, who is now monotonously wasting his days in a nursing home.

The main character is often visited by memories of the lost luxury of his life, but all this is quickly destroyed by the atmosphere of hopelessness among the elderly around who have already been preparing for death. One day a notary comes to visit Patrick and offers him the last job — to do hair and makeup for the newly deceased politician Rita Parker-Sloan, who was his regular client in the past. It was the moment his life started changing from.

During the film he learns to re-experience emotions, fight skeletons in the cupboard, forgive, have fun and reflect. By all of his actions Patrick shows that it is not the environment that affects the person, but the person does the situation. So, for example, the main character did the hair for a sick woman who could not even move; he sported around the city in a green suit that looked out of place against the backdrop of an everyday city but suited Patrick like no other. Even after his death, he remained true to himself: if he dies, so only in beautiful shoes.
The main character is an elderly man, therefore, returning to the places of his youth, he inexorably faces losses that have occurred due to the transience of time. Patrick is not surrounded by a loving family — he is alone. But even being alone, he proves that human-beings can find like-minded people everywhere, whose lives they are able to change for the better — and who can also change ourselves.

Having practically nothing to hold, Patrick constantly gives everything he owns to others. The main character does not strive for the accumulation of wealth, it is harmony within himself that is important to him. So, for the last 20$ he orders a glass of wine and gives all the change to the waiter. At the grave of a former lover Patrick leaves one of his expensive cigarettes for the friend in heaven to smoke with him. Actually, these cigarettes were also a gift for a sick woman in a nursing home, in whose life there were no other reasons for happiness.
Money does not play any role in the life of the stylist. They come and go away — there are only memories, emotions and "aesthetics of life" that Patrick creates around him in any conditions. He remains true to his principles: the man still smokes, wears beautiful clothes, performs in the bar of his youth and puts on chic shoes before dying. Just because he loves it. This is a part of him.

Throughout the film Patrick is constantly confronted with the ghosts of the past, which could have been avoided by staying in a nursing home. He could have done just that to live for a long time, but he chose the way of emotions and freedom. So he made his life shorter but more valuable. The rest of the people prefer soulless comfort and enslavement to life circumstances. They resigned themselves instead of fighting. This is shown at the beginning of the movie, when the old lady reads a book she doesn't like and says that she just has nothing else to do — she has to endure this boring story.

Swan song is a phraseological unit denoting the most significant event in a person's life before his death. The main character's swan song is not that he was able to show his hairdressing skills again, but that he finally let go of the past pain. That he, through this forgiveness, was able to make other people better. That he finally allowed his feelings to truly unfold. That he stopped hiding from himself and his past and became free.
 
Swan Song — Last but Not Least
REVIEW
Have you ever wondered how to build your best life? One wants to stay in comfort and stability, another aspires to new emotions and variety. If you are still rushing between many options and cannot understand which one will be better for you, look at how the main character of Swan Song (2021) deals with this issue.
by Anastasiia Preizner


24/10/2021
The film directed by Todd Stephens is a part of his series of homosexual movies, which are set in the city of Sandusky (Todd's hometown). The plot of Swan Song is based on the story of Patrick Fitzenbarger, the former star of the style world, who is now monotonously wasting his days in a nursing home.

The main character is often visited by memories of the lost luxury of his life, but all this is quickly destroyed by the atmosphere of hopelessness among the elderly around who have already been preparing for death. One day a notary comes to visit Patrick and offers him the last job — to do hair and makeup for the newly deceased politician Rita Parker-Sloan, who was his regular client in the past. It was the moment his life started changing from.

During the film he learns to re-experience emotions, fight skeletons in the cupboard, forgive, have fun and reflect. By all of his actions Patrick shows that it is not the environment that affects the person, but the person does the situation. So, for example, the main character did the hair for a sick woman who could not even move; he sported around the city in a green suit that looked out of place against the backdrop of an everyday city but suited Patrick like no other. Even after his death, he remained true to himself: if he dies, so only in beautiful shoes.


The main character is an elderly man, therefore, returning to the places of his youth, he inexorably faces losses that have occurred due to the transience of time. Patrick is not surrounded by a loving family — he is alone. But even being alone, he proves that human-beings can find like-minded people everywhere, whose lives they are able to change for the better — and who can also change ourselves.

Having practically nothing to hold, Patrick constantly gives everything he owns to others. The main character does not strive for the accumulation of wealth, it is harmony within himself that is important to him. So, for the last 20$ he orders a glass of wine and gives all the change to the waiter. At the grave of a former lover Patrick leaves one of his expensive cigarettes for the friend in heaven to smoke with him. Actually, these cigarettes were also a gift for a sick woman in a nursing home, in whose life there were no other reasons for happiness.

Money does not play any role in the life of the stylist. They come and go away — there are only memories, emotions and "aesthetics of life" that Patrick creates around him in any conditions. He remains true to his principles: the man still smokes, wears beautiful clothes, performs in the bar of his youth and puts on chic shoes before dying. Just because he loves it. This is a part of him.

Throughout the film Patrick is constantly confronted with the ghosts of the past, which could have been avoided by staying in a nursing home. He could have done just that to live for a long time, but he chose the way of emotions and freedom. So he made his life shorter but more valuable. The rest of the people prefer soulless comfort and enslavement to life circumstances. They resigned themselves instead of fighting. This is shown at the beginning of the movie, when the old lady reads a book she doesn't like and says that she just has nothing else to do — she has to endure this boring story.
Swan song is a phraseological unit denoting the most significant event in a person's life before his death. The main character's swan song is not that he was able to show his hairdressing skills again, but that he finally let go of the past pain. That he, through this forgiveness, was able to make other people better. That he finally allowed his feelings to truly unfold. That he stopped hiding from himself and his past and became free.


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