The Erlprince is a story of a painful growing up, a unique moment, the crossroads of childhood and adolescence; it is a tale of a brief period of turbulent and radical changes. It is a film about the death of a boy and the birth of a youth, a description of his efforts to break free of his parents.
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Memorable, ethereal, a bit gritty. A contemporary urban European setting. The other eternal triangle: mother, adolescent son and absent father. And deep underpinnings in myth and our cultures of myth - the forest, the glade, fate, even wolves - the poetic ballad, the hero, the threat - & the modern possibilities of alternative universes and prize money as escape routes. But where is happiness to be found?
It is not silly, pretentious teenager film you thought it was. Its the best film I saw in 2017. Multidimensional parable that begins with playing with Freudian, Levistraussian, Camphbellian (maybe Lacanian) interpretations of edipus complex and patricide, and ends with putting a man in the Latourian styled quantum physics of social beings reproducing themselves in a network of orphic transmigration of soul.