Chained for Life

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Darkly funny and impressively ambitious, Chained for Life is as unpredictable as it is original.



Total Count: 28

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A beautiful actress struggles to connect with her disfigured co-star on the set of a European auteur's English-language debut. Through pitch-black satire, Chained for Life examines the treatment of disability on screen and on set.


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  • A meaningful, moving, and often quite funny interrogation of beauty in the movies.

    Sep 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Schimberg's film is odd, darkly funny and - when it means to be - a little frightening.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Deeply weird without being difficult to follow, Chained also bears traces of David Lynch's The Elephant Man in its DNA - influences that guide Schimberg in a direction that's difficult to predict but fun to follow.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • At times Schimberg's gambits feel too coy, their aim too dry despite the sensational hooks. But more often than not, the immediate impact is engagingly droll, and there's no questioning the overall adventurousness, confidence and originality.

    Jul 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Top Critic
  • The script's showbiz satire shows occasional flashes of savage brilliance, and the meta aspects are thoughtfully composed, if occasionally self-indulgent.

    Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Katie Rife

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Chained for Life expands on the idea of difference as a humanizing catalyst, and cinema is its playground.

    Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

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