In a city, somewhere in the far north, a strange series of events take place: a clerk is made redundant in a degrading manner; a lost immigrant is violently attacked in a busy street; a magician makes an error in his act….
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I do not deny him a particular talent for staging in the space of a frame, for a figures disposition in space and that's exactly what i value here, and just that. Furthermore, it's the nauseating contemporary practice of looking at the human through "bondage" lens, by pretended demiurges that are mere illustrators of a forced style, at the expense of a despotic attitude supported by an overload of significants.
A poetic protest to capitalism and lack of spiritualism, a nod to nihilism, a reminder that life could be very Sisyphean. Beloved be the one who sits down after watching this movie! [And thank you Mr. Anderson for introducing me to one of the most beautiful poems I've ever read :)]
With this movie, Roy Anderson is comparable to a conductor conducting an orchestra. All the scenes are carefully choreographed, intertwined with minute details in the background of the mise en scene, with each "instrument" coming in just at the right time. The best kind of black comedy. Despite its otherworldly oddities, it's strangely human.
I don't I completely understand exactly what was going on in this film, but it kept my interest and there are some unforgettable shots and scenes. I'll either have to think about it a lot more or watch it again eventually. Overall, I guess I really liked it. Unlike anything I've seen before.