Lanthimos’ first film has many elements of his signature style that made his later films so impressive, but in “Kinetta” they’re not well developed yet. “Kinetta” feels like a rehearsal and lacks the tension of his later films. “Kinetta” could have worked as a 40 minute short film, but as a feature film it is downright boring. It wasn’t going anywhere, nor was I as a viewer expecting anything but the film to end.
After an auteur/director first successful movie, it's hard not to think about his previous works as a bit surpassed. 'Kinetta' has some WTF moments and bizarre characters, but something is missing - something that Lanthimos has found in 'Dogtooth' and has masterfully developed till 'The Lobster'.
You can tell that there are a lot of ideas bubbling in here, ideas that define Lanthimos's posterior works, but it's a bit done in an amateur, pretentious way. It gets better as you understand the at first impenetrable characters, topping it off with some sublime final scenes. The struggle scenes are also gripping and beautiful.
The dominant tone here is one of dislocation and disconnection, a world where human relating is replaced by fantasy, power games and perversity; the threadbare narrative and shaky handheld camerawork demand we keep our own distance as spectators. A difficult viewing experience and I'm not convinced it really needed 90 minutes to do its thing.
The film that started it all. All the key ingredients are here: compulsive re-enactments, sadism, manipulation, copulation, control, abuse.. Inter nos, I'm glad Lanthimos dropped the Dogma 95-style (handheld camera, no make up, no studio lighting, improvisation etc.) in his subsequent films.
Hay como una especie de representación a una rutina "no cierta". Un grupo de personajes fingiendo o ficcionalizando sus realizadades. El filme es casi como una cadena de secuencias que no exclusivamente se empeñan a promover una historias, sino proyecciones de estos inmigrantes "invisibles". Una búsqueda de la identidad, tal vez.