Splash at Dawn – Context is Everything, and Nothing

After watching this I thought about the terrible ammonia attack on two people exiting the RVT, and the final scene of Sean Baker’s Tangerine (2015) when Sin-Dee has urine thrown in her face. The video feeds a tragic fantasy, but why? This act, in a different time and context, would be funny. The basic clown gag, man in make-up gets bucket of water in face. The set-up and performance of the video are comedic, the nonchalance of the gesture, the surprise punchline. But the scene is tragic to me, aggressive. Context has changed.