CINEMA – 21 years ago, the British film “Trainspotting” echoed a whole generation. This Wednesday 1er March, the continuation of the adventure of this heroin addict and very marginal friends band is released in theaters. And who could have forgotten the maxim of the cult film by Danny Boyle?
Remember: the first part opens with the frantic race of Ewan Mcgregor who delivers to the rhythm of the title “Lust for Life” by Iggy Pop, a well thought out monologue. “Choose your life”.
“Choose life, choose a job, choose a career, choose a family, choose a fucking stupid TV, choose washing machines, cars, laser turntables, electronic can openers. Choose health, a low cholesterol and a good mutual fund Choose fixed rate loans, choose your little house, choose your friends, choose your tracksuit and the bag that goes with it, choose your sofa with the two armchairs, all on credit with a choice of shit fabrics. Choose to tinker on Sunday mornings while wondering about the meaning of life, choose to sprawl out on that fucking couch and lobotomize at TV games while stuffing yourself with McDonald's. Choose to rot at the hospice and end up pissing on each other in misery realizing that we shame the fucked up children we spawned into taking over. Choose your future, choose life. Why would I do one thing? I chose not to choose life, I chose something else. are the reasons? There are no reasons. You don't need reasons when you have heroin. “
This discourse which rejects the dictates of life imposed on the young people of the 90s, is it still appropriate for the young generation today? Twenty years later The HuffPost took up this text and went to check whether it still applies to the new generation. Point by point.
“Choose a job, choose a career”
Twenty years later, we no longer choose “one” job, but several. Changing it has become a milestone in the thirties, at a time when more and more French people are opting for professional retraining. According to a study published by Lab'Ho and LISPE (Laboratoire Innovation Sociale et Performance d'Entreprise) in 2016, one in four employed workers has experienced a professional transition during the past twelve months. Nearly 7 million French people would have changed careers during 2015.
“Choose a family”
In 2014, France counted nearly 123,500 divorces. Since 2010, the trend has been on the decline, but the 2000s saw the emergence of new family statuses: more and more families are reconstituted or single-parent. And let's not forget the equality of all with regard to marriage, obtained in France with marriage for all in 2013.
“Choosing a fucking stupid TV”
Smartphone, tablet, computer … the consumption of audiovisual programs has changed a lot! Nearly three quarters of young people prefer connected screens and abandon television in favor of replay programs and video on demand formats. According to a study by the Center Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA) based on Médiamétrie figures from 2014, 13-24 year olds are more inclined to use their smartphone to consult their profile on social networks.
“Choose health, low cholesterol and a good mutual fund”
The health of young French people is at two speeds. While we see that so-called “healthy” diets and sports practices are on the rise, other more harmful behaviors are still recurring. This is the case with smoking. The biggest consumers are 20-35 year olds, with nearly 32.5% smokers and 44.8% for men in 2015.
“Choose your tracksuit and the bag that goes with it, choose your sofa with the two armchairs, all on credit”
After having shunned loans for a long time, households are getting back to it. They took out more consumer loans in 2015, according to a study by the French Banking Federation. In 2015, 26% of households had a consumer loan (compared to 25.6% in 2014). A percentage “increasing for the first time since 2008,” said the study.
“Lobotomize at TV games”
For the last ten years, television games have been abandoned in favor of video games. This sector has grown enormously since the 1990s. In 2016, video game sales in France were 1140 million euros.
“Getting drunk on McDonalds”
In 2017 in France, the fastfood chain had 1,380 restaurants. A considerable increase since the establishment of the first brand in Créteil in 1972 and a position of giant which is not ready to be threatened by Burger King and the other competitors.
“Choosing to rot in the hospice”
20 years later, we are still dying there and more and more … but that is not a choice. A large-scale study was carried out on the places of death of elderly people in France. Researchers Lucas Morin and Régis Aubry published in 2015 their observations of the phenomenon over three years: 1990, 2000 and 2010. While in 1990 the probability of dying at home was 28.5%, in 2010 it fell to 24 , 5%. In contrast, nursing homes accounted for 15.8% of deaths in 2015, against only 13.2% more than twenty years ago. Only the number of hospital deaths remains stable.
Figures that do not however reflect the will of the French, as Lucas Morin explains to The cross: “Since the 1990s, we have learned nothing about the gap that exists between the fact that 80% of French people want to die at home and that only a quarter of them get there”.
A new era?
Things have changed a lot in 21 years, that's a fact. “T2 Trainspotting” is also aware of this. The characters, in their forties, evolve in a metamorphosed Edinburgh. Renton and the others seem lost, aged and overwhelmed in the age of everything connected.
And from the first images of the film, the spectator hears, again, the voice of Ewan Mcgregor who has changed his speech.
Choose life. Choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hope that someone, somewhere cares. Choose to look at the old flames, wishing they had done everything else. And choose to watch history repeat itself. Choose to watch history repeat itself. her future. Choose reality TV, 'slut shaming', 'revengeporn'. Choose a zero hour contract and a two hour trip to work. And choose the same for your children, only worse, and smother the pain with an unknown dose of an unknown drug made in someone's kitchen. And then … take a deep breath. You're an addict, so be addicted. Just be addicted to something else. Pick the ones you love. . Choose your future. Choose life “.