There’s a lovely abrasiveness to the film’s most trenchant humour and, at times, especially in the ‘Genesis’ section, the sheer grace and simplicity of the visual absurdism are quite breathtaking (a supermarket for ostriches? A cinema for chickens? Why not?). Overall Van Dormael and his team have so many good ideas that you revel in the sheer energetic expansiveness of it all, even when individual elements don’t quite come off.
April 01, 2016