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Dark, depraved, and unforgettably sordid, Moebius leavens its perversity with originality and with.
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[Moebius] would be easy to dismiss if Kim weren't so sincere and sober in pursuit of his Oedipal and other emotional concerns.
It's one from the heart, and a twisted tale it is.
Such is Kim's plotty momentum that the whole thing feels like an extreme joke made of pained silences, one that somehow strips bare the subtext of overbearing parents.
When it comes down to it, this a movie where the only major female characters are intentionally interchangeable and exist only to castrate men.
Moebius is almost weird enough to be a creation myth, and that's no small accomplishment.
As an exercise in unrelenting discomfort, it's hard to beat this monstrous experiment from Korean provocateur Kim Ki-duk.
There is a certain kind of theatre to the violence here, the physical movements almost dance-like as our actors portray all through the power of facial expression.
"Moebius" is a very difficult film to watch, a fact stressed by its obvious low budget. However, if one were to surpass the shock, he would discover a true masterpiece of the grotesque
With the interesting film structure Moebius was able to keep my interest, even though the subject matter was less than interesting for me.
I never saw it as the black comedy Kim [Ki-duh] may have intended, but it's unlikely you've ever seen anything exactly like it.
An outrageous Oedipal psychodrama that rubs and chafes against Buddhist parable, it also chooses, without a single line of dialogue, to show rather than tell its jaw-droppingly transgressive acts with Chaplin-esque distance.
The clever twists in the story are captivating enough to compensate for the disgusting nature of the acts on-screen.
What actually bothers me in this disturbing - and perversely hilarious - Korean Oedipal-Buddhist parable is not those hard-to-stomach scenes of genital mutilation, rape and incest but how technically awful it all is - the lighting, continuity, clumsy zooms and ugly camera movements.
The award for most fucked up movie of 2014 goes to...well, if you're reading this then you know what I'm talking about.Â If you like your films depraved and sordid, then this will be your holy grail.Â I cannot even begin to describe this film's plot and I'm not sure I even want to.Â Let's just say it has to do with the castration of men and how these same men find alternative methods to achieve an orgasm.Â Of course, the film being as depraved as it is, these alternative methods are pretty extreme.Â The film revels in its depravity, like a pig in mud.Â But, admittedly though, this is mostly visually driven as there is absolutely no dialogue in the film.Â This would definitely be the biggest complaint I have with this film, which was pretty good.Â The lack of dialogue comes across more like self-indulgence on Kim ki-duk's part rather than something that benefits the narrative the film is trying to present.Â I find it difficult to believe that the film's integrity would've been tainted if it had some semblance of dialogue.Â It didn't even have to be a lot, just make it count.Â You can actually see the characters struggle to not actually speak.Â That's how you know you've made a mistake in how you tell your story.Â I understand the reasoning, it makes the characters actions have much more impact, but it didn't work for me.Â Self-indulgence on Kim's part, that's for sure.Â And the film, with its powerful imagery, feels more like an attempt to shock more than anything else.Â I'm aware of all the subtext involved, but it's drowned underneath the weight of its own shock value.Â Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this movie...but its reach exceeded its intellectual grasp. This is a movie that certainly needs to be seen, mostly for its imagery, but not really for anything else. Still, I thought this was pretty good, a bit of a come down from Pieta for Kim Ki-Duk though.
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