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February 16, 2006

輓馬

輓馬 (ばんば)』 を読みました。

2005年12月初。ニュースで根岸吉太郎監督「雪に願うこと」が東京国際映画祭でコンペティション部門の最優秀作品賞を獲得したと知り、いつものように劇場公開前に原作である本書を手にとりました。

ストーリーはシンプル。
故郷・北海道が嫌で飛び出した矢崎学。
商社に入社し、脱サラしうまくいっていたが、気がつけば事業は失敗し貿易会社は倒産、離婚し9000万円の借金。逃げるように(ってか逃げて)、兄・東洋雄がいる故郷へ戻るというもの。
兄は輓曳競馬の厩舎で輓馬の調教師としてコツコツと日々をおくっており、他に頼れる肉親はいない。

兄との待ち合わせの時間まで「ばんえい競馬」で時間をつぶすが、有り金(僅かだが)全て負けてしまう。

突然転がり込んだのだから雑用(糞の後始末)しか出来ないわけで、20年もスーツを来てきた学はまぁなんとなく手伝うしかなさそうだぞと。
厩舎で働く人との交流があり、ウンリュウという名の馬と出会いう事で人生を輓馬のレースと言うまでになってゆく。
ほんの僅かな時間で。

輓馬の生涯を考えれば人間の悩みなんてちっぽけなものだ。
そう感じざるをえないし、馬に限らず色々な存在は己の矮小さを改めて認識させられる。

映画化にあたり、脚本を担当された加藤正人氏は、本作を「死の匂い」がすると書かれていた。
私はそこまで読み取る事が出来なかったのですが、それ以外にも加藤氏の解釈はとても共感出来るものであり、読み終えた時の不思議な満足感に対する謎が解けた気がします。
それは、舞台が北海道の厩舎という狭い空間であり、シンプルなストーリーの上に登場人物や馬の人生(馬生?)が乗っかっているから、学や東洋雄だけじゃなく、富永や母さんや丹波など全員が物語りの主人公なんだなぁ。

ラストシーンはガチですが、それも良いと思いました。
これは映像を観るのが楽しみです。

共感出来た一文。 - edit 2006.02.17 -
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輓馬
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