An intriguing collection of three short films that I'd highly recommend. The middle film, "Merde", is the least interesting, seeming like an actors workshop that's got out of hand. Gondry's "Interior Design" is a tale of finding a place in the world - it's sweet, sad and unnerving. "Shaking Tokyo" is similarly strange but captures an eerie atmosphere rather beautifully.
This magical realist triptych isn't perfect, but it captures the imagination. Michel Gondry's Interior Design is wonderfully surprising, and has a great visual effects sequence worth waiting for, but Carax's Merde is exactly that. An exciting start, following the hideous Mr Merde through the streets of Tokyo, becomes flat, despite the brilliant performance. Shaking Tokyo is sweet and fun, but won't be memorable.
Excellent and interesting to watch! All three parts are different to each other, which makes the whole more engaging. Actually, I enjoyed the middle bit least, it might be because I lived and worked in Tokyo and the first and third parts show daily life situations and expose real problems people face there. Highly recommended :)
The issue with a 3 feature set is that it is hard to grade. The fist one is amazing and would easily get 5 stars, the second one a paltry 2 and the third one probably 4. I wont talk about the first one as it is a typical Gondry job, breathtakingly amazing, as usual. The last one is a very good feature on the phenomenon of people isolationg by choice. T