Aronofsky is a Jewish film director and PI, his first movie, was shot in November 1997.
Max Cohen, the main charachter of the film , is an excentric mathematician suffering from continuous head-haches due to a prolongued eye-exposure to the sun-light : “When I was a little child my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So, once, when I was six, I did.”
Just to keep in connection with the theme of this blog, I’ll try to resume a central dialogue between Max Cohen and Sol Robeson, his friend and old mentor. Sol-whose name means Sun- is searching to explain the sense in the past people in Japan they gave to the simple Go board he keeps on the table in the kitchen. Go is a wonderful, complex game, and Sol and Max sometimes play it, or they just reason about its original philosophical meaning. Here is a summary of their dialogue.