Relies almost solely on Cate overdoing an accent while reading someone's else's words straight into the camera. There are a few episodes (the family dinner, the teacher) that synchronize a story to the manifesto's ideas thus not merely visualizing a reading, but employing the visual form to enhance it. Sadly, most are prettier that talking heads, but not any richer
I like the overall idea, a lot. And I wish more people were taking cinema as a form of art statement, indeed. Manifesto shows a very sarcastic development and a tribute to art as a form of rebellion - sipping from some of the greatest artists from recent History. Let's rebel more.
Laudable, droll, sophisticated, inventive reaction to completely justified concern about the malign and uncivilised effect of populism with an extraordinary set of performances by Cate Blanchett. It is, however, exactly the kind of work that makes populists feel to an even greater extent that liberal intellectuals hate them. Which of course on the whole they (we) do.
Commendably sui generis, MANIFESTO, despite the fact that every word spoken in it is pilfered bemusedly from extant sources, takes a hell of a lot of ideas and throws them at the wall, hoping most of it will stick. While much of it slithers unceremoniously to the floor, when it works it really works. Blanchett has a lot to do with what works. She is phenomenal, naturally. And location scouting must have been a gas.