Jon Espino reviews “Berlin Syndrome” and “Wakefield” for The Young Folks



There’s a phobia for everything, you just might not know the word for it. We all know a fear of spiders is called arachnophobia. A fear of heights is known as acrophobia. There’s even a fear/inability to use a public bathroom, called paruresis. Every fear has a root in reality with some traumatic experience, so they may seem irrational to us, but are crippling to others. The intensity of Berlin Syndrome will successfully reinforce any hodophobe’s fear of traveling, trigger any claustrophobic person’s fear of closed spaces and confinement, and ultimately reassure any agoraphobe’s decision never to leave their house.


Any person who has truly lived their life can attest to how frustrating the monotony most of us find ourselves in. Like the music you find on the radio, the constant repetition keeps us marching to the doldrum beat of a drum with little day to day variations. Sometimes you just wish you could disappear and escape from this depressing cycle, but our rational mind steers us away from that cliff and just chalks it up to a simple case of the Mondays. Wakefield examines what would happen if we removed ourselves from the monotonous mechanism of life and instead became just a casual observer of it.




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