Sometimes it's a sleepy watch (though appropriately so!) - without the concrete tactility of most of Švankmajer's work, the world feels a little bloodless (though, again, perhaps that's the point). It is, however, one of the most openly emotional of the director's works, with a protagonist one can relate to, rather than just observe as a hapless victim of objects. A reflective, curious film that'll improve with age.
The half dozen or so funny moments aren't worth enduring the rest of the movie. Perhaps an investment in parsing the movie for meaning could be rewarding, but it really doesn't seem worth the effort. So much of the symbolism is so basic that there may not be further depths to plumb.
Damn, this looked so promising! The whole point of the story is focusing on a final revelation, but it just doesn't work since you know what it is from the start. The use of psychoanalysis and the explanations the movie gives are very obvious. I also got tired of the technique since he didn't developed it through the film, it just stays on one place-even using the same jokes or options the technique gives again&again
A Dali-inspired live action/cut-up comedy about a man trying to get to the bottom of the mystery of his life via his psychoanalyst. It spends it's time split between the dream world and the real world with Freudian concepts tested and coming to life throughout. Sometimes the technique distracts from the story but for the most part it's quite fun and easy to follow. Top marks for effort. 4 stars