Robin Wright plays an out-of-work actress who accepts a large payout from a major Hollywood studio to be scanned and digitized to create a virtual actress. Adapted from a novel by Stanislaw Lem (Solaris).
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Constantly developing in unexpected, vague, yet logical ways, this film maintains a perfect balance, turbulently displaying creative and interesting ideas while remaining coherent and captivating. Genuinely philosophical on several levels, superseding just the rational and even utilizing the medium of film itself ingeniously. It even succeeded emotionally, peaking at the inventive ending which put tears to my eyes.
Great trippy movie. Some of the story telling is a bit cheasy but the visuals are amazing and the general idea of taking our freedom away with the choice of using chemicals to turn into someone else is great.
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.
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.
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