Initially I had no idea why we were watching the movie Trust. I did not see any connections between Maria and Matthew, and Meursault. In The Stranger, Meursault went through the motions throughout his whole life and showed no opinions. Maria and Matthew did the opposite. Maria flunks out of high school and gets pregnant, and Matthew refuses to follow his father's orders and take a job fixing computers.
However, once I looked at the bigger picture I realized that Meursault, Maria, and Matthew actually have a lot in common. First of all, they all feel alone. They all are struggling to make meaning of their lives and fit social norms. They also all experience problems with their parents. Meursault cannot afford to support his mother, Maria shocks her dad to death and is on bad terms with her mom, and Matthew's dad is unhappy with Matthew's unaccomplished life.
Despite the many similarities between the characters, I think that the most significant similarity is that they all lack healthy relationships and have a hard time maintaining the relationships they do have. They all try to pretend as if they are strong on their own, but all seek the attention of others. Maria's boyfriend breaks up with her and she confesses that she expected him to take care of her. Meursault doesn't particularly like any of his friends, but misses his mother and obsesses over attention from Marie. Lastly, Matthew has no one but his father, and then asks Maria to marry him so they can be together forever. As different as the stories may seem, all three characters show that life is never easy alone and isolated from society.
In the end of The Stranger, Meursault comes to the conclusion that life is only a period of time leading to an inevitable death. Do you think that Maria and Matthew will come to the same conclusion, or make meaning of their lives?