Like all Quay productions (and anything filed under the meme/cliche "surreal") this is a very subjective experience...with films like these it's better to keep mum, as each person's perspective is differently engaged... definitely worth a watch, especially if you are mired in linear thinking...almost five stars, could've used with a bit more variety in choice of images (although, again, this is just myself speaking),
Un court bien inférieur à la rue des crocodiles... Une musique meilleure que le film... Papillonnements de l'image pour des mouvements désordonnés... Un intérieur noir pour un extérieur blanc, un code barre, une boule blanche, un personnage grattant la bosse de sa tête...
Les experts de l'animation surréaliste morbide ont les moyens de vous hypnotiser. Leur recette (tirée par LE cheveu) : créer un monde parallèle où tout se met à vivre, insister sur les petits détails avec maniaquerie, effectuer des mouvements de caméra étranges et répétitifs, montrer des relations de cause à effet entièrement oniriques et symboliques, ajouter une musique bizarre qui renforce l'atmosphère. Miam...
Oh... The bar code quivers whenever the anatomy stimulates my hair follicle... I've known this beautiful B&W film of pure kinetic originality and it's Super Baltar focus shifting my eyes since the year I left film school. The clarity of something so abstract is amazing. It inspires for sure, it requires an open mind. They had me on Street of Crocodiles, but this is so different from the same minds, Genius... My god.
I find it difficult to put into words the films of the Quay brothers. But the staging of the lateral tracking shot was magnificent. I always forget it's stop motion and then wonder how they accomplished certain moments after taking the film in. I really can't verbalize too much about the film but I definitely felt a lot watching it and thinking about it after.
Mesmerizing and repulsive. A world of extreme close ups where objects blur in and out of focus as we move toward and past them. Mechanical ballet. Hairs and fibers oscillate with sexual frenzy. Growths are rubbed till they fall off and are collected. A questing gaze locked into predetermined trajectories. The Brothers Quay reveal the id at its most dark and disturbing.
To say this film is flawed is an understatement. But that is not to say that it lacks some brilliant touches. The music is masterful and atmospheric. Some of the scenery is enthralling. The narrative is where the holes begin to appear, not really coming into focus until the halfway point, and yes that was the point, but it stunted the film overall to me. Camera work was distracting and some images were unappealing.
3.5 Stop motion animation is so time-consuming, and this film sure created a unique atmosphere. Loved the idea of the lines of a bar code being plucked like musical instrument strings. Loved the mole/growth--pleasantly disgusting. Music was great. Not sure if visuals did it justice. Not sure why the camera kept tracking up-down, right-left. Wish I knew what the London Underground's "Present Evangelical Rampage" was.