Raúl Ruiz on inventive top form, including narrative games about making a feature about pirates; old religious opinions; retired nuns who run a brothel.
For newcomers to the great Chilean fabulist Raúl Ruiz, this picture has stories-within-stories covering nearly the whole range of Ruiz’s diverse passions, from pulp to intellectual. An oneiric fantasy, coming to you as if from a dream half-remembered.
While Ruiz's movies are always big-brain'd endeavours invoking literary antecedents, LOVE TORN IN A DREAM, often feeling like a deck of cards that is constantly being maniacally shuffled, particularly seems to suggest filliation w/ writers of the Oulipo school, Georges Perec foremost among them. Though the eye and ear are constantly being excited, this is a movie of formidable cognitive rewards. Tied me in knots.
Combinatory narratives intersect in mathematical configurations. Very creative as usual, with lots of humor. Lucretia: "I know the ins and outs of erotic pleasure better than anyone. Really I'm being remiss in my duty of modesty, because my friend Laura knows a lot of things that I don't. She can make you have an orgasm from a distance." Which I think would make a great super power.
Ruiz followed up his adaptation of Proust (Time Regained) with this similarly constructed non-linear film written by the director himself. Ruiz lays out his intent in the opening telling us he will be telling nine stories and then proceeds to obliterate any continuity within his fabulous vision. Like a Mobius strip the film folds back on itself and though it might be futile looking for purpose or meaning its wondrous