Ruiz is one of the few true radicals of the major cinematic talents, from which it follows that knowledge of his films is inversely proportionate to knowledge of his name. In this film, he employs a playfulness of associative narrative that approaches the experience of dreams.
Hypersteuctured Delirium is an exquisitely hard form to sustain for 2 hours. Ruiz here fails but delivers great dialogues and situations which sadly fail to mesh together convincingly. Still relatively high score for all the good cinema moments peppered around.
2-3. In a nutshell, the main character is plunged into confusion right before he dies. He interacts with a lot of abstractions of concepts and hears ideas about God, free will, predestination, identity, and perception. But he ultimately never really comes to a clean-cut conclusion, seemingly content to chase the phantasmagorical image of his dead love interest. It's evocative and fun, but lacks concrete action.
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.