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Lexy Roy

Casara Clark I was drawn to Just when I first read the script in Spring 2010 mainly because of the importance it places on perspective and relativity in our lives. Perspective is one of the most incredible abilities we have as humans -- the capability to consider and sympathize with others' situations -- and it aids us enormously in truly appreciating the short time we have on this Earth. The mantra that "there is always someone else suffering more than you are," runs much deeper than just staving off bitterness -- it can also grant new eyes to see just how much good there is in your life.

In the Jewish tradition, at Passover Seder, there is a part of the tradition when everyone eats maror (bitter herbs) together with charoset (a sweet paste of fruit and nuts) in order to remember the bitterness of slavery in Egypt, and the mortar with which the slaves laid the bricks. But for me, it has always had another meaning -- the combination of the bitter and sweet taste remind me instead of the bitterness of suffering, which only strengthens my gratitude and valuing of the sweet charoset, of my modern freedoms and good fortune.

In Just, the character of Clara is never visibly justified in her crimes, but her punishment, the denial of any chance to appreciate any good things, make her unmistakably human -- forcing us, the audience, to examine our own humanity, and our lives. The film is risky and controversial, but in my opinion, the best ones always are. The purpose of a good film is to make the audience ask themselves questions, and Just asks one of the most important of all: How are YOU living your Life?

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