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The Congress (2014)



Critic Consensus: The Congress rises on the strength of Robin Wright's powerful performance, with enough ambitious storytelling and technical thrills to overcome its somewhat messy structure.

Movie Info

More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio's head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright's digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in "The Congress" convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema. (C) Drafthousemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Animation
Directed By:
Written By: Ari Folman, Stanislaw Lem
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 2, 2014
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Robin Wright
as Robin Wright
Danny Huston
as Jeff Green
Paul Giamatti
as Dr. Baker
Jon Hamm
as Dylan Truliner
Kodi Smit-McPhee
as Aaron Wright
Sami Gayle
as Sarah Wright
Sarah Shahi
as Michelle
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Critic Reviews for The Congress

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (21)

The anger drains out of the picture, and we watch in a state of passive appreciation and indifference.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

An acquired taste, this dense Jabberwocky-ish word salad is a political allegory about a populace that's been pharmaceutically duped into believing its wretched world is wonderful.

Full Review… | September 4, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

A half-live-action, half-animated headtrip that throws Robin Wright into a dizzying showbiz paradigm shift.

Full Review… | September 4, 2014
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A dystopian blend of live-action and animation that acidly comments on some of Hollywood's touchiest issues before drifting off into an existential fog.

Full Review… | September 3, 2014
New York Post
Top Critic

It's almost painful to watch the immense promise of "The Congress," Ari Folman's spectacularly ambitious experiment, dissipate into nothing.

Full Review… | September 3, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

It's like Folman took several different genres-Hollywood satire, speculative dystopian fiction, family melodrama-and fused them into something amorphous and nebulous.

Full Review… | September 2, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Congress

A totally unique piece that capitalizes on an extensive history of scifi staples, including the book it's based on. This is a perfect film for cinephiles who have an affinity for the surreal and fantastic.

_kelly .King

Super Reviewer

It may feel disjointed to some viewers as it did to me when I first saw it, but I was wrong; in fact, this is a beautiful film that has Robin Wright in a fantastic performance and offers a fascinating discussion about reality and the thin line separating the escapism of Hollywood movies from alienation.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Jeff: Once we've scanned you, there's no going back.

I saw writer/director's Ari Folman's 2008 film Waltz with Bashir and was very intrigued by where he would go next. That film revolved around a character searching for his lost memories as an Israeli soldier and was made using unique animation techniques. Folman's new film, The Congress, is similarly about finding one's self in a sense, but it comes at this topic from a different angle. Based on a science fiction novel by Stanislaw Lem, The Congress follows a character through an allegorical world that depicts the extreme merging of the entertainment industry and technology in ways so complex that people literally become animated characters. This is a film that has too many ideas to fully make work, but thanks to a strong lead performance by Robin Wright, let alone the nature of the film, there is a lot to appreciate or dissect about what is seen in The Congress; aspects that I am still thinking about.

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Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

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