This short film has an eerie tone filled with a kafkaesque plot where a woman reanimates dead animals with film technique. It is a truly unique and creative way to tell a story about a man who just wanted to see with wife smile again after she died.
This film was a so strange in such a lovely way. It was colorful, creative and a true art form representing the beauty that can be behind death. Today, violating and reanimating corpses would be wrong, taboo and disrespectful to the dead but this film turns something so gruesome into something beautiful that brings life back to the lifeless.
Scenes are short, to the point and beautifully colorful. You see the shots she takes and see what the director wants you to see. It's an homage to death and represents this life. Being an art short, there isn't much story, or length. But within these 16 minutes you see everything you'd expect from such a film.
3.6* I have just started watching Mandico(Thanks, Mubi!)and really like the aesthetic, want to see more. For those viewers who are complaining that these films "don't make sense" or can't relate, I suggest opening up the portals of imagination to just let the images drift in with no conscious demand for anything like logic or an explanation. This is truly Queer Cinema, tailor made for those whose minds are wide open.
Yet another dark fairytale from Mandico - or maybe, it’s just me having a soft spot for his cinema... A beautifully surreal mystery. The scenes like the one with the dead horse being lifted up while the stranger approaches or the same man appearing by the collapsing wall are pure visual poetry...
A subtle imaginative study of the beauty in the relationship between life and death. Mandico shows grace, elegance and animation in the often macabre and unsettling imagery, and manages to leave an optimistic taste in the mind.
Pretty straightforward to me: art has a way of bringing the dead back to life. You just have to believe strongly enough. Elina Löwensohn is perfection, as always, and the colors, the clumps on corpses, the curtailed collapse, all form a symphony of titillating strength.