A film of many styles, the end product doesn't quite gel but is fascinating all the same. Starting as a documentary on the surrealist painter Leonora Carrington, it then interweaves with a 'Repulsion' plot concerning the lead, Chloe's, interactions with a handsome but disturbing stranger. Not sure why it needed to be filmed in VHS - is that choice, along with other quirks, part of the director's desire to stand out?
En este film de docu-ficción, la protagonista es la escritora Chloe Aridjis, que actúa como sí misma y es hija del escritor mexicano Homero Aridjis. Tiene la tarea de curar una exhibición de Leonora Carrington en la Tate de Liverpool. Al sumergirse en el surrealismo de Carrington, Chloe es atrapada en una fantasía sexual que justifica el nombre del film: Animal Humano Femenino. Experimento interesante, no convincente
Misleading, pedant, condescendent. Carrington was extraordinary and surrealism is still alive, against art historians´ opinions. Surrealims brings astonishment, but also relief, not really fear, neither confusion. This film is a diary of a teenager who worships herself and despises everything and everyone else. Only a couple of scenes are worthy.
Although not entirely successful, in both the shooting style and way in which the script features too many blunt moments among the sharper elements, this is definitely an interesting and thought-provoking piece from director Josh Appignanesi, who worked in collaboration with his leading lady, Chloe Aridjis. Comes close to greatness at times, but then consistently veers off in another direction.
The defining power of Appignanesi's latest lies in the various layers meticulously built within it: the inner visions animating its main character, the ephemeral nature of the art scene she breathes in and a grotesque male mannerism sporadically encountered along the way. With a tone that feels both surrealist and nightmarish, FEMALE HUMAN ANIMAL stands out as a liberating ode to creative freedom and female identity.
We can spectate the microcosm of novelist and curator Chloe, where objects and characters of surrealist paintings get imbued by personal meaning, men suggestively touch her as if that was normal, and communication never seems to work out. All this is delivered with a fascination to low-quality stuff such as being shot on video, blatant allusions and gaudy items; but so coherently that it is great to watch.
The elusive parallel between Leonora Carrington and Chloe – a very sign of her being alienated in our “soulless modern life and modern art”. Thus the Lynchian man appears: he feeds Chloe’s fantasy, however, the reality has its insurmountable properties. His strangeness, Carrington’s mysticism – point of “remembering a narrator is necessary”. Aesthetically fine, deep in polysemantic sound.
La gran bondad contemporànea es la ruptura de los "gèneros": ¿documental, ficciòn, falso, puesta en escena? Todo y nada, y una gran decisiòn la de usar vhs, una definiciòn de imagen para darle un poco de registro de archivo. Con una mùsica muy bien elaborada y la introducciòn de una pintora muy poco conocida. Vale la pena ver filmes de esta factura y con un guion tan libre en medio de lo preciso...
Dogma, Blair Witch ... in this case the VHS-aesthetic contributes to a close, documentary-like experience of the story. Cloe Aridjis is performing exquisitely to the point that it is unclear how much she is acting and where she is just her real self. Filmography is great, unlike the editing which was done miserably. Also the film score is exceptionally poor. Apart from that a real gem.
SHOT ON VSH. okay?! perfect for a nostalgia nerd, on a stormy afternoon, with your sleepy cat. skipping work cause you're a slob. you still OWN a VSH player (you're looking at it right. NOW.) are you the chick in the flick? surreal. flickering. weeping. silly. brutal.
I'm a bigger fan of Leonora Carrington's painting than of this film which merits adjectives like 'intriguing' but not the more wholehearted 'absorbing'. The motif of being wrapped in plastic is apt. As paintings are unwrapped they influence the characters; at various points there are attempts to wrap up the characters to which they react; but ultimately for a viewer the effect is just a touch on the suffocating side.