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In the Basement (Im Keller) (2015)

In the Basement (Im Keller) (2015)

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Maverick director Seidl (DOG DAYS, the PARADISE trilogy) delves into yet another exploration of the dark underside of the human psyche with a look at Austrian basements fitted out as private domains for secrets and fetishes. No desire or proclivity is off limits to Seidl's camera, which takes in the opera-singing gunslinger, the Hitler-loving brass band, a hunter of exotic species, and the passionate devotees of S&M with an equal measure of curiosity and compassion.

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In the Basement is a brisk, bracing, and often very funny film about the seeds of fascism in contemporary Austrian society.

November 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This often hilarious movie descends into the unseen spaces of Austrian homes - literally and figuratively - and creates a stage for their residents' fantasies of sex, violence and power.

November 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Make of it what you will, this off-the-wall film essay entertains hugely while it makes the audience squirm in their seats.

November 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Grabby and grubby in equal measure, this meticulously composed trawl through the contents of several middle-class Austrians' cellars yields more than a few startling discoveries.

November 5, 2015 | Full Review…
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Its interest is in private lives, in a single population, in subordinating the look and feel of its subjects to the aesthetic vision of their documenter.

November 3, 2015 | Full Review…

To some extent, In the Basement is crafted in the same way that John Waters created Shock Value, an often fascinating, frequently creepy, unashamedly funny compilation of oddities and curiosities that are occasionally hard to digest.

September 26, 2017 | Full Review…

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