What strange, wonderful experience. My first Guy Maddin film and I'm certainly very impressed. I loved the staged, yet completely bizarre and mysterious feel to it. And I loved the ending. I look forward to seeing more films from him.
In Maddin's world silent cinema never died. The techniques and acting styles used at the dawn of filmmaking remained the standard. I love what The Guardian wrote about Maddin...that he is "mining the unconscious not only of his perverse psyche but of cinema itself." - indeed.
Un délirium total, jusque dans sa post-synchronisation échevelée. Tout s'embrouille de plus en plus, à l'instar des personnages amnésiques et condamnés à rejouer les mêmes actions (à quelques variations près)... L'atmoshère quasi-burlesque du début en devient finalement sinistre et oppressante.
Intriguing take on wartime and loss through Maddin's love of silent cinema. I almost found it more difficult to follow with the fairly structured storyline after having just watched the psychedelic trip that is The Forbidden Room.
Full star for the vision alone. Guy Maddin makes some dense, "visual" films. I had the same experience with this as I did with Forbidden Room, swept off my feet by the rapid and deposited on the other side.
It's a difficult chore to review this film, but just consider that it's part of Maddin's highly stylized, narcoleptic dream world that is both a homage and parody of the war films of the early sound era. It left an impression on me -- characters lost in a fog (literally at times) and unable to grasp reality, an absurdist universe of short memories and confused wandering. Sit back and enjoy the ride.