The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes Reviews
May 2, 2014
A surreal and moody film, full of strange images, and with an even stranger denouement. It is visually impressive, in a dark and low key way rather than a colorful one. The story is a weird tale to be sure and can be maddeningly opaque or ambiguous. Not a film for everyone. Not even for most film buffs. But it did have its appeal and I was not disappointed by it.
August 9, 2007
utterly Droz (droll & gross). Only sat through it hoping it'd be mysteriously saved in the end. It wasn't.
|T Wade Z||
June 27, 2007
The Brother's Quay are still my favorite - this film is an alchemy of psychopathology and desire, surrealist and esoteric in intent, and perhaps best fitted into the horror, rather than sci-fi genre. The final Nietzschean scene of eternal return with it's locked, Tantalus-like obsession, reminds that we can never possess more than the moment. For my part, the imp of the absurd drove me nuts and I just wanted out. Bravo anyhow!
March 24, 2007
For me, this film is a trip through a wormhole back to 19th century Symbolism. There simply is nothing going on nowadays that is quite like what I saw up there on the screen--which is to say that my recommendation may only ring true for half of you. Dream rather than story logic prevails here, as do certain thematic preoccupations that
would resonate with only two or three other directors that come to mind, including Jean Cocteau and David Cronenberg. It's a meticulously crafted, mesmerizing experience, and it would probably be diminished by viewing on a small screen.
March 11, 2007
Beautiful and weird, but impenetrable. After dozing off a few times, I gave up trying to understand the plot of this dreamy movie. Lots of talking and allusions to sex, but not a lot of action.
May 16, 2010
I sat through the first twenty or so minutes, stunned that a film could be irritating in so many ways. I don't know whether the leaden air of self-importance was sustained throughout film, but I would guess it was.
August 10, 2009
A bizarre and artsy film that unfortunately lacks an emotional punch to back up the interesting visuals. The Brothers Quay are primarily animators and designers. I do not regard them as filmmakers, per se. Their films are fairly unique and surreal, drawing from the works of Jan Svankmajer and Guy Maddin, German expressionism and stop-motion animation, but the stories seem overly cerebral and nonsensical- weirdness for weirdness' sake. I think their early film "Instituta Benjamenta" was slightly more coherent, but this is a much more visually striking film.
June 10, 2007
The credits rolled and I sat staring, the afterimage of a burning white
face and bench buried in the snow still resonating in my eyes. I was
sure if I was blown away, confused, enraged or all three. The Piano
Tuner of Earthquakes is riddled with problems: the unnecessarily
overbearing voice-over exposition during the first forty minutes, the
thin plot lines in the opening five minutes. The Quay Brothers seem to
not be entirely sure what this film is about, I don't get the sense
that there was a mastermind behind this warped world, like I do while
watching Mulholland Drive.
That said, it is a very interesting film and, if for no other reason,
this is a film that should be seen for being one of the most
beautifully shot films of the last five years. The dried color palette,
the hazy, dream-like quality of the main character's POV and the stop
motion animation all combine to create a film rich in texture and
beauty. It seems that The Brothers Quay, though maybe not the most
talented of writers (this, I believe, is only their second feature
length as compared to stacks of rich short films), they are certainly
masters of the medium visually. It's an intense, droning, paced film.
It's slow and garbled. But it's beautiful.