Subtext, because it is that which is unspoken is by definition ambiguous, yet the carrier of truth; so that the ambiguity found in ‘Broken Stories’ and other works is metaphorical of the ambiguous and precarious nature of our lives and relationships – what Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami terms ‘the problem of existence’.
These works are focused on the momentary evolution of emotional or otherwise difficult encounters – turning points in the lives of the protagonists. The kind of small moments of fragility and danger, when things change seemingly beyond our control, revealing our vulnerability.
Shooting scenes with actors, the works are neither classically (statically) staged, nor records or captures of real or historical events, with the specificity of documentary - rather they aim to be emblematic of the unresolved nature of our contemporary lives.
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