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.
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The anger drains out of the picture, and we watch in a state of passive appreciation and indifference.
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.
A half-live-action, half-animated headtrip that throws Robin Wright into a dizzying showbiz paradigm shift.
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.
It's almost painful to watch the immense promise of "The Congress," Ari Folman's spectacularly ambitious experiment, dissipate into nothing.
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.
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.
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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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