Excellent film. Ignorant comments. Chilling psychological portrait of post-communist, futuristic post-capitalist, post-NATO, and unfortunately still Catholic, still Freudian Poland. Learn some history. Visit some museums. Read some books. Watch some films that don't involve superheroes. Buñuel, Lynch, Greenaway, Kieslowski's Decalogue and and and... Think in images. Hell, just think for starters. Thank you, MUBI.
I like the style, I like the sexuality, but most of all I like the kid setting his toy fire truck on fire. I didn't understand everything in this film, but that's OK; there's a lot in this world I don't understand.
A shame it had to be forced into feature format, and not experienced as it was intended (as separate shorts playing simultaneously on loops on unordered screens in a gallery). As a composite, it suffers from a static inertia, a resistance to fluidity, with the visuals seeming more like video stills or album art than anything cinematographic. Still, compelling 'story'. Plus brilliant sound design by Majewski himself.
While not as ambitious as his following film (Mill and the Cross) Majewski's 'Glass Lips' is a challenging and rewarding work. Originally written under the title 'Blood of a Poet', in homage perhaps, 'Glass Lips' has Majewski facing creation, upbringing, madness and art. Not for all tastes but a fascinating work worth the effort.
I must echo the sentiments of the other viewers here. It is an experimental piece, and yes, it does require a bit of decoding. But whatever your theory or interpretation may be, even if not shared by another, keep it. It's not "wrong". It's your take, your opinion. Like most other visual/video art (and all other art, for that matter) it can be completely subjective. And that's okay..and so was this piece. 3.4
The Mubi synopsis says "experimental" so I had to get in the right mindset for this one. It's tiresome to watch because you're constantly trying to figure out a story and take in the visuals. I ultimately liked Glass Lips, because of that challenge, but I also don't need to see it again. Watch this without any distractions.