Il Nullafacente: a paradox about the search for happiness
The desire to be "present", letting go of all flattery and the false temptations of the world, leads the protagonist and his wife to experiment with the possibility of simply existing, freed of any constraints. The main theme of this work is not the protagonist's paradoxical choice to do nothing economically, but the individual need to give an authentic meaning to one's life, beyond any social, economic or psychological laws that confine us.
There is a part of us, the audience, that refuses to watch this story unfold, perceiving it as absurd, dangerous, dark. But the hero's extreme choices and his wife's terminal illness are a call to the essence of being, that part of us that gets stifled daily by the "role" we are required to fill, like a garment too tight to walk out of. However, if we, as viewers, resist the shadows that might engulf us, we can, at the end, catch glimpses of that light which, at least for some of us, is essential in order to feel we really exist.