Little Lana was 3 years old when she was abandoned, alone in the Zoo. Raised by a giraffe trainer, the Zoo is the only world she knows. Until one day, a charming magician arrives and Lana finds her love, for she is ready to leave.
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Um limbo bizarro que não nos deixa escolha, se não submergir nessa viagem desmembrada através de uma narrativa e textura de sonho apedrejado em LSD. Pena que tudo seja tão complicado de entender, tão alucinado e confuso. Seria um lugar para sonhar? Claro, mas de uma maneira tão particular que ao público, o sonho seria mesmo fugir da sala de projeção
It starts like a documentary with only animals and this little girl. Then it becomes something more like a tale with a strange magician. That's the middle part, the weakest. But in the end you see how human changed the world into what it is : violence, corruption, prostitution, even the zoo has lost its magical nature. Quite a strange object.
An highly unusual coming of age fable told visually, with minimal dialogue but with a strong sense of frame composition and a wonderful eye for unusual visual details. What I find interesting is that it displaces the conventional focus on cinematic drama in favour of a wide eyed sense of wonder and enchantment, especially at the strange magic of living things. A deeply involving journey.
When the men at the "massage parlor" are being washed, pampered and treated mechanically and with condescendence by an expert handler, just like the animals in the zoo, I felt a sudden tenderness and compassion, like I almost wanted to pet them.
Le zoo de Jakarta est-il un lieu magique ? Pour l'héroïne qui y a grandi, à coup sûr. Dans une ambiance nonchalante et sur des images soignées, l'histoire décrit d'abord cette curieuse cohabitation de divers groupes animaux et humains, avec de beaux moments de grâce. Elle devient moins originale et intéressante quand Lana quitte le zoo avec "son" magicien. La girafe reste quand même un joli fil conducteur (3,5 / 5).
Watching this after a week of bad mental health was somewhat calming, though I must admit to being more interested in the lives of the animals than the cool-sullen magician. The extreme close-up of the elephant's side spattered with rain was gorgeous and it was sad to reflect that such a remarkable animal might well be extinct within 50 years because of us crappy humans. A pretty even-handed look at sex work too.