“Filth” is one of the most grotesque, scandalous and provocative films of recent times, the authors of which seem to throw the audience into a big tub of mud and wash with sewage, in an attempt to show the real essence of human nature. The kaleidoscope of events that the audience goes through together with the main character of the film, played by James McAvoy, clearly shows how far a person can go in moral degradation and what tricks a person can go to achieve their own success.
However, it’s not that simple, and on a careless viewing, the viewer can only detect a series of sadistic perversions and other provocative content that was used to attract the viewer to watch the movie. The finale of the film can leave one bewildered by its allegorical nature and cruelty to the audience and the protagonist of the plot. The Filth is not only a grotesque black comedy, but also a moral parable, the meaning of which we will try to understand.
What is the movie “Filth” about?
Scottish police officer Bruce Robertson is the main character in the drama Filth. The policeman has every opportunity to carry out these instructions clearly and in a timely manner. Nobody prevents him from showing his professional abilities.
He has every chance to build an excellent career, especially since management will soon be reorganized and the position of detective inspector will be vacated. The motivation for hard work and zeal is more than excellent, although this means serious work.
Despite the fact that Robertson can work well, he is not attracted to it. He has completely different tasks and circle of interests. Bruce’s corruption is off the charts.
In addition, Robbo (such a nickname was given to the police by fellow workers) has a “respectful” attitude towards alcohol and drugs. Such things are in no way combined with the role assigned to law enforcement officers. And Bruce is madly in love with sex. It does not matter to him where and with whom to do this business. He is always ready.
The wife, unable to withstand such a stormy sexual life of her husband on the side, took the child and left Bruce. Problems, one after another, pile on the hero, but he is not used to giving up, so he devotes himself to work with great zeal. He needs to understand who committed the murder of a student from Japan.
Over time, the burden of difficulties makes itself felt, and Robbo loses touch with real life.
Worst cop ever
Bruce Robertson is a sociopath, a drug addict, an alcoholic, a pervert and just a man who gets drunk from his own mocking ingenuity and impunity. According to the plot of the film, he is an ordinary policeman who investigates the brutal murder of a Japanese student. Together with Robertson, the case of the murder of a student is entrusted to the entire police department, and the one who reaches the highest heights in the investigation will become the commissioner. “In war, all means are good” – this is Bruce’s behavior model, so he adjusts various tricks to discredit his colleagues: sleeping with a friend’s wife, accusing a work colleague of homosexuality, drugging a gullible friend – this is just a small part of that “Filth” , which is contained in Bruce.
The protagonist of the film specifically chose to work in the police, because, according to him: “the cops are pressing everyone,” and he decided to join them. For the moral freak that Bruce appears to the audience, absolute impunity and power in front of the people around him is an additional opportunity to “feed” Robertson’s ego.
The basis of Bruce’s philosophy is the words he said at the very beginning of the film: “Games have always been played and you need to be the best. The rules are the same everywhere.” Games in the understanding of the main character are a series of social interactions through which a person achieves success. As for the rules, everything is simple here: whoever tries harder, builds more tricks, he takes the lead and gets his rightful prize. The prize for Robertson is not only an increase in his career, but also the moral pleasure that he receives from encouraging his social and sexual deviations.
In the course of the film, one can see the gradual moral and mental degradation of the protagonist, which eventually drives him crazy. All according to the laws of the genre. But in a movie script, when the narrative comedic thread is interrupted by dramatic moments, there are several central images that should be discussed separately.
Bruce suffers from bipolar disorder, which is expressed in spontaneous affective states: depressive and manic. In an attempt to curb his own aggression and put his brain in order, the detective goes to see a psychotherapist – Dr. Rossi, who prescribes special drugs for him. You can see that in the first scene at Dr. Rossi’s reception, Bruce is extremely adequate and friendly, which indicates his intentions to heal and get out of the hole into which he constantly slides. Over time, Bruce stops taking the pills, which leads to various hallucinations.
The very next scene of the meeting with Dr. Rossi in Roberson takes place through hallucinations, immediately after he begins to refuse the pills. The image of Rossi in the hallucinations of the protagonist is his subconscious personality and the need to speak out to at least someone. In the first subconscious encounters with Dr. Rossi, you can still see how the therapist echoes Bruce’s thoughts and supports his sociopathic inclinations: “Don’t trust friends, family, and especially yourself.”
The second subconscious visit to a psychotherapist occurs when Bruce’s personality is already at the peak of moral decay. The doctor no longer tries to support Robertson, but symbolizes a sense of guilt and sarcastically says that Bruce’s actions are the reason why the detective will not see a child, a wife, or even a promotion in the police. The final meeting with the doctor is Roberston’s subconscious cry to himself. “You’re just shit” – the last words of Dr. Rossi, because of which, if Bruce can blame someone for his failures, then only himself.
Bruce’s wife is one of the main images of the entire film and at the same time an attempt to return to a normal state of mind for Roberston. In the opening scene of the film, we hear the voice of the wife, who says that the promotion in the police is the only reason why Carol will be able to return to Bruce. The motive of returning to the family for the detective is used as an excuse for all the excesses in the service in order to come to a much-desired promotion.
Almost all the appearances of his wife (except the last one in the store) are another hallucination of Bruce. He dressed himself in a dress, put on a woman’s wig and spoke on behalf of his own wife. According to him, “I just didn’t want to let her go,” but, as mentioned above, this is just an excuse that Bruce used to encourage his own moral degradation.
After another boorish and caustic attack on society (this time the object of ridicule for Bruce was a homeless man), the detective notices a suffocating young man and a wife who, in tears, is trying to persuade others to save her lover. Here we first meet the positive side of Bruce: the remnants of conscience and the desire to benefit society. An attempt to save the young man was not crowned with success for the detective, but Mary, the wife of the deceased, remembered his feat.
The following scenes of meeting with Merry serve as a détente in the bacchanal plot of the film and contrastly illustrate the confrontation between Bruce’s two inner essences: a sociopath and a person who knows how to love and sympathize. Merry is the last bastion of Bruce’s humanity, a ghost of those good qualities that still linger in him.
The rules are the same everywhere
In the finale, the film stops shocking the viewer with daring comedy scenes on the verge of a foul and changes the nature of the narrative – now it is an instructive story with a moralizing bias. Obviously, such an extravagant lifestyle that Bruce led could not lead to a happy ending. Guilt eats away from the inside of the protagonist. In the finale, the phrase that Robertson repeatedly utters during the film: “The rules are the same everywhere” takes on a new meaning. According to the rules of the game, everyone pays for their misdeeds and the price of Bruce’s mistakes is his own life.
“Filth” hidden meaning
The meaning of the picture is that it demonstrates the image of a corrupt cop who has a bunch of bad habits, abuses cocaine, leads a wild life, but these weaknesses also interfere with his career. The director wanted everyone to be able to think about their lives, to set their priorities, because we spend our lives on different things that simply harm a person.
The problem of the film is that everyone can turn on their lives from the outside, because many lead a purely ordinary existence. Many have laziness, they do not want to perceive the shortcomings of others, some internal weaknesses, as well as animal instincts.
Currently, many people devalue the family, Bruce hurt himself, which is very sad, because he completely dropped out of society. He dreams of a promotion, but at the same time does nothing for this. He wants to climb the career ladder with the help of a set-up, he knocks on the bosses about the mistakes of his colleagues.
The film shows how you should not behave in a team, that you should not go over the heads, you will not achieve anything with this. It is honesty and decency that should remain valuable, this is what the director tried to show in the film. We are shown how Bruce removes his competitors.
Firstly, he spreads rumors that one of his colleagues Peter is gay, he declares the other a racist, turns the whole team against him, accusing him of being addicted to cocaine and, at the end, sleeping with his colleague’s wife to get him out of building.
Bruce has a life filled with events, but they are all negative, all this as a result affects the mental state of Bruce himself, he starts having nightmares, hallucinations, because he constantly lives in tension, in stress. He chose the wrong path, and it specifically harmed him.
“Filth” ending explained
How did the movie “Dirty” end? It would be too easy to fire him from the police or turn him into a madhouse. At the end of the film, another mystery is revealed. It turns out that Carol left him a long time ago, having gone to her lover. And all this time he communicated with her only in his hallucinations, while dressing in a woman’s dress and wandering the streets.
On one of these high-heeled promenades, Bruce is attacked by bandits suspected of killing a Japanese man. Christmas night ends tragically: the detective kills the leader of the gang, and he himself is found beaten up, in women’s clothes. After that, of course, with all honors, he is demoted to the rank of constable.
Incredible intrigues and webs of lies, in which the main character is completely entangled, provide for only one ending. He records a video message to the person in front of whom he feels guilty, to Bladesey. She throws a scarf around her neck and overturns a chair under her feet.
The meaning of the film Dirt is that many are in a hurry to live this life quickly and boldly. Without stopping, at full speed. Having tried everything. And drugs and promiscuity. Not having time to acquire relatives, friends, family on the fly. Or having time, but losing all the most precious things in the high-speed stream of a meaningless life. And only with a rope around their necks do they understand that there is no one nearby who could open the door in time and prevent something terrible from happening.