I try not to rate anything with a single star. However, while there are certainly things to like about this film, it is, for me, an exercise in frustration. The animation is repetitive and without emotion. Worst of all it made me feel stupid for not "getting it". Not for me.
Reminds me of early cinema with the switching of the color to black & white stock, as in using it to show one space with a tone only to juxtapose it with another. This one dives into the dream & nightmare space head first where other films by them seem to walk the line slightly (to me, at least). But I always feel like I should watch the films again once the title cards come up.
The film is strange to say the least. The look never quite settled with me and remained off-putting as a whole. The narrative was confused and left to grapple with than I would have desired. I never felt like the affectations to the film were ever really warranted or earned. Nevertheless it is interesting, maybe not in the traditional way, but the "Oh God" I can't look away.
2.5 Took too long to tell linear story. Wonderful German Abstract Expressionism influence in the multi-level angled floors. Ladder theme felt tired. Didn't Dali do a ladder dream for Hitchcock? Lots of work though to do stop-motion, and commendable for maintaining distinctly unique universe. Wish my dreams were this mysterious. Am usually doing people's laundry while performing in a play without knowing my lines.
(4.5 stars) My favorite of the four Quay Brothers films that I've seen. SO creepy and dark. Love that. But also... the shots are truly AMAZING!!! These guys know how to work with light and shapes and their shot composition is outrageous!!! So good. Wild and crazy, dark look inside the brain of something very disturbed.