The Butterfly Effect
The Butterfly Effect is, according to the Urban dictionary, the scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever. In simpler words, it is the fact that a single act, a single utterance, and many other things that go unnoticed may, literally, completely change the course of one’s life. For example, thanks to Cinderella’s large-sized shoe, she made it from being a maid to a princess. This is not just something that happens in fairy tales; it could actually happen to anyone. The movie “Sliding Doors” makes that clear, for it brilliantly depicts the idea and makes one experience it each in their own way.
The movie starts with a lady who is rushing to catch a train, then the movie works in a parallel style. In one scenario, she does catch it; whereas in the other, she does not. In the scenario where she catches the train, she reaches the house where she lives with her boyfriend at an earlier time than expected, to find out that he is having an affair. In the other scenario, she gets home right after the mistress leaves. Thus, it is quite obvious that the simple act of missing, or catching a train has a tremendous effect on the course of her life.
The storyline goes on to highlight that this simple act does not only have an effect on her life, but also on the life of others. This is shown by her meeting some random man on the train that she catches. The heroine and that man encourage one another, get each other through the difficulties of life and finally, they fall in love. They, together, reach a point where they are finally able to substitute the grey colour of their lives with whatever it is the colour they choose. On the other hand, the scenario in which she misses the train, they do not even meet. This simple idea of whether she manages to pass through the sliding doors of the train or not has an overwhelming effect not only on the movie level, but also on those who watch the movie.
This movie is more of a two-hour harsh experience than a movie. That is because the impression it leaves on whoever watches it is provokingly terrifying. It leaves you with mil-lions of questions hanging in the air. Subtly, it forces you to dive into the deepest corners of your mind, searching for a sound answer to all the “what ifs” that keep swimming deeper in each cell of your existence. You could easily relate to almost all the characters, for you have been there before. You have not necessarily been in their same situations, but quite similar ones, still. You find yourself questioning your existence all along, because what if your parents never met? Moreover, all the could-have-been(s) find their way to your heart just as easily as poetry finds its way to the hearts of those who are heartbroken. Suddenly, you catch yourself viewing the way your life would have turned out to be had something happened or not. You will unconsciously think about the slightest utterance before it comes out of your mouth and causes something to drastically change, or stay the same. A moment late, or a moment early will be of much more significance to you than it is to anybody else.
In a nutshell, this movie is a life-changing experience. The way I see it, it is this kind of art that leaves you hanging in-between; between reality and imagination for quite a good time after experiencing it. It is more like a good book that whispers that life may be more than it seems, and less, because of a seemingly farcical incident. If you have not already asked yourself what would have happened had you not read this article, then you still have not grasped the theory of The Butterfly Effect.