The Gospel According to Harry (1994)





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As directed by Polish film stalwart Lech Majewski in English, with a Hollywood cast including Viggo Mortensen (A Walk on the Moon) and Jack Kehoe (Melvin & Howard), the 1993 allegory The Gospel According to Harry unfolds at some indeterminate point in the future - when much of the Pacific Ocean is now a sandy, scorched and barren wasteland. Mortensen and Jennifer Rubin are Wes and Karen, a young couple trapped in the most unhealthy of relationships and bound by a co-dependency to one another. With only a bleak future in sight, the two go through empty and meaningless days searching for happiness with scarcely an iota of success. Then into the situation walks Harry, a tax collector who looks on as a distant observer but seems powerless to intervene on any level.
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The earliest entry in Kino's series of Majewski DVDs is more interesting in concept than execution. The visuals and metaphors are more obvious than "Glass Lips" (the only of his films I'd seen previously). Maybe I'm more forgiving when actors speak in foreign languages, but it's always difficult to take ennui-ridding rambling seriously when I hear it in English. There are moments of deadpan humor involving various government officials, but this a tough sell. It's mostly an early 90s curiosity piece.

Richard Stracke
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