Sitting uncomfortably with the many sources (Fellini,Buñuel, Romero) from which it draws inspiration, this blood cocktail of deranged passion, cultish obsession, and religious redemption has moments of poignancy to offer as well as cinematic flair. The excess though to which the director immerses himself pulls the rug out from him and makes this look more like kitsch pastiche than inspired authorship. Disappointing.
Rewatched and re-loved. This is not only my favorite Jodorowsky. For him, it's his best film too. "I met a real serial killer, Goyo Cárdenas. (...) We went for coffee and he said: I am a serial killer. (..) He killed 17 women and didn’t remember anything about the murders. He spent ten years in a madhouse and then left because he was cured. (...) So he was partly an inspiration, I wanted this idea of redemption..."
I love this film... I'm a huge fan of Alejandro's work I will say will all of the very thoughtful moments and decisions made for the art direction I wish there was more time spent developing a few of the characters to understand the role they actually play like the tattooed women I wanted more for her. But overall I'm happy with the project you definitely need to be in a certain mood for this film but oh well.. 4.5
A Jodorowsky film actually focused on story makes for an unique watch in his filmography. Mind you one can clearly see it is a work by this iconoclast filmmaker as the surrealistic touches and bizarre sensuality are well present. Some haunting sequences and some gonzo performances also make this a standout.
Jodorowsky at his bloodiest and most entertaining. A film with religious cults, mimes, armless killers, circus brutality and elephant funerals and yet it’s Jodorowsky’s most accessible and overall fun film. One of those that makes me smile just thinking about it.
Un grand film avec un univers très cohérent et très bien campé. La caméra, très mobile, colle à l'action. L'art de Jodorowsky, c'est de nous faire entrer dans l'univers mental de ce schizophrène qui vit sous l'imago de sa mère. La poésie se mêle au crime, le sang à la joie. Il demeure qu'une impression d'inquiétante étrangeté qui parcourt tout le film.