Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man

Synopsis: A child is born. We see underwater swimmers representing this. He is young, in a jungle setting, with two fanciful "instincts" guiding him as swooping bird-like acrobats initially menace, then delight. As an adolescent, he enters a desert, where a man spins a large cube of metal tubing. He leaves his instinct-guides behind, and enters a garden where two statues dance in a pond. As he watches their sensual acrobatics of love, he becomes a man. He is offered wealth (represented by a golden hat) by a devil figure. In a richly decorated room, a scruffy troupe of a dozen acrobats and a little girl reawaken the old man's youthful nature and love.
Genre: Drama, Family, Short
Director(s): Keith Melton
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
39 min

Cirque du Soleil

Journey of Man

I don't remember how it all began

...and I had no idea

where it would end.

I only knew feelings


And so began my journey.

I was born with only instincts

as my guides.

And I knew them

when they came to me

In those childhood days

they never left my side.

They were all I knew.

and all I needed.

I 'm not sure if I saw these things

or dreamed them

But true or imagined.

they filled my heart with joy.

Then one day I learned that joy

has a friend called fear.

But my faithful instincts showed me

that with fear comes courage.

And courage has another friend,

called wonder.

In my youth, there were

many tracks and few signposts

But I was young and bold.

...and on my way

to new adventures

My childhood fantasies

were behind me now.

Ahead lay many

mysteries and marvels

I had outgrown

my childhood guides

I knew I could be

strong and daring

I was a young man

with a young man's dreams

Everything was possible I raced along

on my great adventure

Then one day I stopped

my headstrong rush and paused.

Like standing

on the shoreline of a dream

...I sensed a power

that I couldn't explain

Then it came to me

When I became a man

I learned that harmony and union

make each of us complete.

And I saw its name was love

It was time to act like a man

make a deal.

Wealth and power could buy me

all the love I needed.

I no longer needed childhood

fantasies and youthful dreams

I had found love

and had to own its secret.

As a man,

I had achieved my goals

My journey had been a success

And yet.

sometimes, distant memories

returned to haunt me.

Childhood visitations

of half-forgotten friends

And occasionally doubts and troubles

invaded my seclusion.

In that moment, time fell away.

My years turned to dust.

I was young again

Now I remembered

where I began my journey.

As a child full of dreams

full of faith

and full of love

At last my journey

could be completed.

Each of you was born with three keys

to the doors of your journey.

The first is for your dreams

It lets you make

the impossible possible

The second is for your faith

It tells you to believe in youth

And above all, the third is for love

...the instinct

to respect each other

Dreams, faith and love

With these three,

anything is possible

It is your journey,

but it is our destination

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