It’s been fifteen years since Polish maverick Andrzej Zulawski last had a film on screens but that changes in 2015. Based on the novel by Witold Gombrowicz, Cosmos is described as a metaphysical noir thriller which seems about par for the course for the auteur director.
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Z took a novel that I thought was unfilmable and actually made it happen, smartly leaving out the meta (for the most part) and inflating the madness and farce as only he could do. Gombrowicz and Zulawski were genres unto themselves. Doskonale!
One of my favourite filmmakers. Adapting one of my favourite novels. And exiting stage left. For good. A real goddamn thing, is this thing. Żuławski has an "approach," but his movies diverge from one another. This one absolutely asserts itself as something w/ a totally unique tone. I know of nothing that works in quite this register. Shades of 80s Godard. Żuławski would not like to hear that. But: huge compliment.
"Léna propre ou sale je l'aime" Just because they talk about Teorema, my favorite Pasolini, I like this film but...WHAT has just really happened? This film has a dreamlike aura: we're not watching a film, we're watching a dream, a chaotic theatre, a surreal living poem and is fascinating.
3,5 Żuławski returns with a great film about the limits and possibilities of language and storytelling. 'Cosmos' is a bizarre movie full of words, images and, of course, over-the-top acting performances. Key line of dialogue: "There is nothing more to see".
A madcap French farce Zulawaski style. Dialogue-wise it's very reminiscent of L'amour braque, it demands multiple viewings in order to grasp most of it. Whether there is any reward in that is entirely up to the viewer. Side note: Though I haven't seen all of Zulawaski's films, there is noticeably less of a Polish sensibility than his other films