In La Cabina (1972), a nameless company is collecting people in phone boxes and storing them in an underground warehouse until they die. Why are they doing this?
This film can be interpreted in a variety of ways, so it depends on what you make of it.
The film can and has been interpreted as but not limited to:
- the isolation of the individual in modern times
- Modernity as a Procrustian Bed (an arbitrary standard rigidly adhered to)
- an allegory for wasting away in a (glass) cubicle
- an indictment against inhumane, faceless and indifferent corporations (or large entities)
- The inevitability of death
I'm sure there are many other ways... but the main goal might just be to get you thinking
Many years since I saw this, on TV, but as I remember, there was no suggestion that the purpose of the phone boxes was to trap people. It seemed that they were just poorly designed, so sometimes the door stuck and couldn't be opened... The emergency services spent a lot of time and effort trying to break the booth open, and couldn't... so they just took it away and put it with all the others. The suggestion that it's an allegory of Spanish society, during and after the Franco regime, is fascinating, but the film stands on its own as a nightmarish horror story. I only saw it once, and I've never forgotten it.