The trip to Absurdistan is worth taking, detours and all.
A simplistic, straightforward tale that's beautifully staged with the same wave of the magical-realism wand that powers Jeunet & Caro's Delicatessen.
| Original Score: 6/10
A funny and bawdy fable that playfully deals with community, a battle between the sexes, the preciousness of water, and the joy of young love.
| Original Score: 3/5
A lighthearted charmer, one of the most spirited and enjoyable comedies to hit ... theaters so far this year.
| Original Score: 3/4
Absurdistan has more than a little bit of magic at its heart; it's a tale of love and perseverance, gently winking at its happy viewers.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The film isn't much more than light slapstick bookended by a sweet if lust-driven romance.
Writer-director Veit Helmer creates a wildly imaginative world worthy of Gabriel Garca Mrquez at his most playful, drenching it in vivid color and a Slavic sense of bleak humor.
'Borat' meets 'Lysistrata' in a delightful, surreal tale filmed in Azerbaijan and Georgia.
| Original Score: B+
Sometimes the village looks like an antique postcard come to life, at other times like outtakes from a lost Marx Brothers film or an overly precious PBS documentary.
Absurdistan lives up to its name with its virtual nonstop drollery. And in Malerova the film has a most appealing leading lady.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Refreshingly offbeat, delightfully funny and irresistibly entertaining without a dull moment.
| Original Score: 8.5/10
Despite its comedic limitations, this film is up to more than its American adolescent counterparts.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
As in "Tuvalu," Veit's style is reminiscent of both France's Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("Delicattessen") with their whimsical machinery and surreal worlds and Canada's Guy Maddin's use of silent film standards...
| Original Score: B
Makes for a lovely hour and a half of old-fashioned storytelling.
Absurdistan moves with confidence and grace with a genuine romantic and erotic drive.
Has a folkloric charm buoyed by consistent comic inventiveness.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Full of whimsy but almost devoid of charm.
| Original Score: 2/5
Absurdistan doesn't have a ton of high-voltage laughs, but it's a nonstop charm machine.
Veit Helmer's latest is a delightful fable sans dialogue...is too enjoyable to go unappreciated offshore.
An attempt at comic allegory that stretches a thin premise to feature length.