The teenage sons of an expatriated Chinese physicist visit her in the United States, while she and her colleagues pursue the development of a massive particle collider intended to understand the origin of the universe.
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Visually and aurally interesting but the meandering narrative leaves for an unsatisfying total experience. A strange melding of scientific jargon, familial tension and lesbianism that sounds more interesting than its end result. Kudos for the music score however.
Not for me, but at the same time, I understand that highly rated is this aesthetic queer SF that depicts various love/hate crossing kaleidoscopically with sublimely grain, pastel-purple vision & philosophical perspective. It is worth watching for me because I could know that Jennifer Kim has such a deeply cool voice.
The Gatekeeper ambient soundtrack was great (think Thursday Afternoon of Brian Eno with a dab of Shuttle358), as were the Chris Watson like field recordings of animals, waves, caves, etc. I liked all the blue and violet filtering of the images. "Each day he [Weird Uncle] becomes more demented but his memories of the past become more vivid." Thought of Chris Marker films while watching but the dream did not engage.
Probably best described as an experience: science fiction infused, very dreamy and surreal, beautifully irrational. Great sound and music. Excellent, however I can only recommend it to those who appreciate this kind of cinema...
Said better by others: "a folding and discursive tale—least of all about the construction of a particle accelerator—that flails to make sense of the world (and itself)"...."a disorienting experience, occasionally frustrating but still never less than beguiling"..."a bizarre, gentle, and lyrical meld of sci-fi, incest, and pantheism"...I was reminded at time of Solaris in terms of texture and odd silences.
The sons are played by girls. Is it because they want to say "beautiful boys" repeatedly in the movie??? LOL. Dialogue in this movie doesn't make much sense. It gets the feel of Uncle Boonmee. Boonmee is deep, this one tries hard but ends up obscure and pointless. Stiff acting too... I get the feelings the actresses don't even understand what's going on and just swing it.
So. Slow. Unintentionally hilarious in places: "I need that collider" has to be one of the more unusual statements from the heart. But when losing the remote control to a garage is worthy of a mention in the script you can only sympathise with the yawning panther who makes a late appearance.