You become used to certain narrative styles, but every now and then along comes a film that defies pre-existing notions of structure and storytelling. THE CONGRESS is based on a Stanislaw Lem book and Ari Folman preserves Lew's ambiguity, translating to the screen ideas that can be only expressed through feeling not logic. Watching it is the closest thing to being on drugs. (And, man, does Ari Folman love Kubrick!)
If it be your will. Ari Folman follows up the brilliant 'Waltz With Bashir' with this quite awe inspiring mess of a film that blurs lines between genres and reality. The film is just bursting with ideas and creativity and though it doesn't always hit the mark it is quite spellbinding to watch. Reminiscent of 'Cool World' except this one is actually enjoyable. Robin Wright playing a meta version of herself is great.
Incredibly ambitious and imaginative look at celebrity, disconnection, adulation and the trappings of manufactured realities. It's a little uneven in parts, in particular the over-explained build to the scanning but once in the animated world The Congress soars. Folman achieves a beautifully evocative, terrifying vision of possible futures that illuminates the door between psychology and psychedelia. 4 stars
oh man, i've been waiting for this since the second i stepped out of waltz with bashir at the theater. I'm glad he's at least semi keeping with the animated style and i'm really excited to see him work with fiction.
The achievement of this film is that, in a way, it does provoke in the viewer what it is trying to elaborate. Some of the ideas are a bit lost, I would say, in uninteresting drifts about acting or simply lack of assertiveness about what is exactely the point. Sometimes it even seems like just an aesthetic unconsequential exploit, in which the ideas are used to make it credible. Could use more direction, or politics.
The very fact that such has movie has been produced and distributed in today's cinematic landscpe is nothing short than amazing. Thus, even if it does not work on various levels, The Congress matters. Infact, after reading that Paul Walker's avatar has been cast in fast & Furious 7, the film acquires yet another layer of meaning.
This was quite unexpected. The mix of real image and animation was a bold move. Once you enter the animated reality of the Congress things get very trippy! It felt like a roller coaster: you lose track of things but the ride is being fun and entertaining so you sort of let yourself go with it. The anti-hollywood message is clear and Robin Wright is brilliant in the movie, which I felt had a semi-biographical tone.