A program of Gabriel Abrantes’s three most recent shorts, Taprobana (2014), Freud und Friends (2015), and Ennui Ennui (2013)—ribald and irreverent films that mark his recent swerve toward popular comedy.
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Three comedic shorts strung together that range from the puerile to intelligent satire then back to the puerile. The middle selection 'Ennui Ennui' is quite wonderful and features some fine satiric writing unlike either of the bookending shorts.
One is erotically humorous tale about lewd old poet with abundant grain of 16mm. Two is Obama, Afganistan and Edith Scob. Three is "Black Mirror"'s episode directed by 70's italian comedy directors. Uniquely free, unbelievably WTF tales I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE. Favorite moments: Obama hesitates over which to reply Rihanna, Mother in farts, Singing Monk fish and WOODY ALLEN IS VAGINA.
I almost skipped this one, but decided to give it a whack due to personal, compulsory reasons that I won't get in to. I very glad that I didn't. If you're on the fence 'cause of the other Abrantes entries thus far, don't skip them. These were all very excellent. He hits his stride HARD on all three.
I haven't laughed so hard at a movie in a long time. One of the hardest things to do in film is make genuinely funny comedy that stays funny through time. I think the key to doing that is to abandon all canons of taste, propriety, restraint, and shame. This movie certainly qualifies, and it's an absolute howler. In twenty years it will still be funny.
Mind boggling movie. If you are not surpised by it, you have lived too long. "Weird" in the best sense of the word: whacky but controlled, funny and absurd but tense, 3 shorts that are completely consistent. great movie.