During a future ice age, dying humanity occupies its remaining time by playing a board game called “Quintet.” For one small group, this obsession is not enough; they play the game with living pieces … and only the winner survives.
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This is by far Altman's strangest and most ambitious film. I just wish I knew what he was on when he came up with this concept that is based off of a board game Altman created. Altman got away with more shit than most ever will again.
The coincidences of life, to allow this American production to be released in the same year as the Soviet production of Tarkovsky's Stalker. Both express the same fears in different ways, chief among them being the spiritual death of humankind in a post-apocalyptic setting. Altman was pessimistic with Quintet, whereas Tark was always an optimist. Both films are masterpieces. 'Nuff said.
The main flaw at the heart of this film is that it is based on a board game, that Altman made up, and besides all the rather elegant smoke and mirrors at the heart of this film is quite the hollow. Hell, just put the button on mute and watch away and make up your own plot line.
Dans un futur glaciaire, Essex, chasseur de phoques, retourne avec sa femme dans son village natal. Tout y est régi désormais par un jeu sibyllin et meurtrier : le quintet ..... Etonnant ! www.cinefiches.com
La trama è eccessivamente criptica, ma sul finale risulta interessante. Personaggi interessanti, con un buon Gassman e con un protagonista carismatico. I significati del Quintet sono molti, simboleggiando la vita in quella realtà. L'intelligenza è utilizzata per seguire la legge del più forte. Regia molto buona anche se non riesce bene a sfruttare la trama. Fotografia e messa in scena molto belle e affascinanti