Maybe there are others, but Gilliam’s is the only virtual picnic that I know of.

Zero Theorem is Gilliam’s sardonic view of technology ruining civilization. Set in a megacity resembling an abnormally garish and chaotic carnival, a place of unremitting noise in which work and pleasure are meaningless. For the unhappy hero Qohen Leth, his only moment of pleasure is a virtual a beach picnic where he is accompanied by Brainsley, a seductress, who introduces him to lobster and champagne.

In contrast to the chaotic world Qohen actually inhabits, the beach is serene but cheesy, except for the magnificent evening sky. The picnic is set on a traditional red and white gingham cloth.

Featured Image: Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) and Brainsley (Melanie Thierry) on the beach, virtually.

See: Terry Gilliam. Zero Theorem (2013). Screenplay by Pat Rushin.

Champagne and lobster (and cheesecake).

Featured Image: Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) and Brainsley (Melanie Thierry) watch to sunset, virtually.

See: Terry Gilliam. Zero Theorem (2013). Screenplay by Pat Rushin.