Container (2006)




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With his 74-minute feature Container, Swedish avant-garde filmmaker Lucas Moodysson plunges, headfirst, into a surrealistic dreamscape and offers a sharp critique of contemporary society. In crafting this motion picture, the director pulls the audience into a different cinematic mindset - a stream of consciousness mode of storytelling, where he floods the viewer with everything at once - "relevant and irrelevant" - in lieu of a more conventional, linear narrative mode. Shot in patchy, grainy, high-contrast black-and-white, the film follows an obese man as he carries an Asian woman, piggyback, through a garbage-filled landscape. Meanwhile, an American actress (Jena Malone) narrates a series of free-association thoughts and voices a number of characters on the soundtrack, drifting languidly (in the Pynchonian sense) in and out of coherence - her observations laden with references to pop culture, spirituality, and consumerism. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi


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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

[A] mesmerizing cinematic box of tricks.

Apr 25, 2006

Surprisingly manages to remain interesting for its short runtime. It's a difficult watch, but one that conveys a sense of alienation, the theme uniting all Moodysson's films, in a unique and disquieting fashion.

Nov 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Moodysson definitely created something haunting; imperfect and nonsensical as it may be at times. Is it pretentious? You bet. Is that a bad thing? Not at all.

Apr 25, 2006 | Full Review…

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