"Poet's infinite travail, swaying to muses' caprice. What a false curve, oh, masked life, pretending to be an infinite sickness." Put Pasolini, Cronenberg (nods to eXistenZ), and Greenaway in a blender. But with a brilliant energy all it's own. "At this rate I am going to have to liquidate your assets." After a bit I liked the movie and by the end I absolutely loved it. Fantastic.
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.
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.
This film, like "Friends for Eternity" has an absolute unapologetic self indulgence. With a slower start to this film, it feels more earned, but ultimately takes steps too far. The poet character seems to be mocking poets in an unproductive way. Look to something like Barton Fink for a writer self critique. The overly thick lathering of poetic jargon gives a false pretense to the film, even for me, a young poet.
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.
*spoiler* I) 2 stars - because the idea of being shit on the face disturbed me, and still continues to disturb me. Great costumes... II) 5 stars - so bloody funny!! I haven't laughed so hard for a long time. "But I haven't even put it in yet..." III) 1 star - simply a weak film, despite the awesomely strange commercials.