Éric Toubiana : the truck jumping game

The « truck jumping game » is one of the most troubling scenes in Stanley Kubrick’s film A Clockwork Orange. The title of this film, which came out in the 1960’s, is itself intriguing. Today A Clockwork Orange is no less than what it was in 1969: a strangely modern reflection of a dystopia of humankind. Better yet, A Clockwork Orange turns out to be more relevant than ever. We see in it that psychical malaise which is uncontained and finds only the city streets in which to, not say, but show and act the impasses in which the subject is trapped.
The spectacle of this film, and more especially, one its scenes, « the truck jumping game » allows us to see that the notion of risk, from the Greek Rizikon, helps to widen even more the metapsychological analysis of the phenomenon of addiction. The Risk-taker, or the « riskers », would be those who best illustrate the Freudian definition of drive. This recovery of tension is, we argue here, worth much more than the assuaging of tension, at least for those subjects who place themselves in a position of dependence that is as harmful as it is indispensable to the maintenance of a vital homeostasis.

Adolescence, 2009, T. 27, n°2, pp. 487-495.