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Bothersome Man is a surreal, comedic meditation, thoughtfully and skillfully made.
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[A] pitch-black, bone-dry comedy.
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.
Director Jens Lien mostly favors the clean and bland, succumbing to much of the same pod-person impassivity that the movie purports to critique.
It's a delectable premise, rendered with smooth efficiency but we never really get beneath the surface of this shallow parallel reality.
Made with formidable assurance, a compelling look, quiet skill and impressive economy.
Oddball futuristic fun with a serious, if confused, message.
Like the Swedish/Norwegian Kitchen Stories, it's a thoughtful Scandinavian film with a bent sense of humor.
Is it a religious allegory? Political statement? Horror film? Perhaps all three, perhaps none.
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.
The Bothersome Man is an unusual movie that defies genre categorization to a certain degree, although it's closest to just being a drama. Unfortunately, despite its interesting premise of a man thrust into a bizarre city that could be either heaven or hell, The Bothersome Man doesn't really seem to go anywhere over the course of its runtime, and just when you expect it to end on some extraordinary revelatory note, the ending is just sort of a letdown that leaves the events of the plot completely ambiguous. The Bothersome Man is without a doubt the kind of movie that will divide viewers, thanks largely to its very surreal and thoughtful nature, but I didn't find it to be a worthwhile movie.
I liked this movie, probably not as much as I expected but I definitely enjoyed the surreal humor and the satire. I think the movie is perfectly paced, I think it always manages to hold your attention and you're invested in trying to figure out what the hell is going on in this place. It's definitely cool that the story didn't really reveal a lot of details of how Andreas got to this place, what this place really is, and why it's so colorless yet so perfect in some ways. It's definitely open to interpretation. For example you could argue that the world Andreas is in purgatory since, at the end *SPOILERS*, he got sent to a FAR worse place than he was for causing too much trouble. Therefore it's another level of purgatory. Of course, and again, the movie open to interpretation. So yea I liked this movie, it's unique and fresh with some interesting ideas on the emptiness of life. While I felt it could've been better, it's still worth watching.
This film depicts what I think we will have to face when we pass on, plain and simple boredom. forceful, twisted, bleak, funny and discouraging surrealism.
Beautifully constructed meditation on the point of living and how being immortal might effect it. Clinical cinematography and dry black humour add to the surreal atmosphere. The ending was a bit of a let down though.
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