This absurdist black comedy from Norway is unlike any other movie you'll see this year, but as allegory, it's a bit too literal-minded.
| Original Score: 3/6
Like the Swedish/Norwegian Kitchen Stories, it's a thoughtful Scandinavian film with a bent sense of humor.
| Original Score: 3/4
Is it a religious allegory? Political statement? Horror film? Perhaps all three, perhaps none.
| Original Score: A-
This is a bizarre social satire that mixes the mild-mannered humor of Jacques Tati with stunningly gory slapstick.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
If only all the production elements added up to great movie. Instead, they seem like window dressing on a sill looking out to nowhere.
Bothersome Man is a stark yet strangely lyrical, multi-layered dirge for the absurdity of human fate in the face of figuratively deadening social conformity, and on the other hand, literal mortality.
An absurdly funny dystopian allegory that can proudly hold its own next to Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451 and Terry Gilliam's Brazil.
A deliberate, thought-provoking, existential meditation on the curse of creating a neverending heaven on Earth.
[A] pitch-black, bone-dry comedy.
| Original Score: B+
A surreal nightmare of gleaming surfaces and razor-sharp edges, The Bothersome Man unfolds in a sterile city where nothing is quite as it seems.
| Original Score: 4/5
Director Jens Lien mostly favors the clean and bland, succumbing to much of the same pod-person impassivity that the movie purports to critique.
There are several ways to take this bothersome trifle, none of which are at all resonant.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It's a delectable premise, rendered with smooth efficiency but we never really get beneath the surface of this shallow parallel reality.
| Original Score: 3/5
This Ikea-furnished existential crisis marks Lien out as a talent to watch for the future.
A few flaws but this is visually captivating and psychologically disturbing.
Made with formidable assurance, a compelling look, quiet skill and impressive economy.
full review in Greek
Oddball futuristic fun with a serious, if confused, message.
A dark, nasty little movie that's never quite as deep or as clever as it imagines itself to be.