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Moebius (2014)



Critic Consensus: Dark, depraved, and unforgettably sordid, Moebius leavens its perversity with originality and with.

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The husband. The wife. Their son. The atmosphere at home is ice cold - the husband distracted by an affair with a young woman, the wife sick of her husband's debauchery, and the teenage son indifferent to them both. Overwhelmed with hatred, the wife attempts to remove from the husband the organ driving his desires; thwarted, she instead takes out the violent act on the son and then disappears into the night. At the hospital, the husband is distraught with guilt, severing his own manhood in solidarity and setting out to recover his son's happiness, sacrificed to his parents' conflict. Disfigured in such a radical way, the son slowly deviates from normal life, even falling for the husband's young mistress as the husband discovers strange and severe ways to help his son find pleasure again. With both husband and son damaged and living in grief, the wife returns as the family heads towards destruction even more horrific than before. (C) Ram
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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (12)

[Moebius] would be easy to dismiss if Kim weren't so sincere and sober in pursuit of his Oedipal and other emotional concerns.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
Chicago Reader
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It's one from the heart, and a twisted tale it is.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
Time Out
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When it comes down to it, this a movie where the only major female characters are intentionally interchangeable and exist only to castrate men.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
AV Club
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Moebius is almost weird enough to be a creation myth, and that's no small accomplishment.

Full Review… | August 7, 2014
Village Voice
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As an exercise in unrelenting discomfort, it's hard to beat this monstrous experiment from Korean provocateur Kim Ki-duk.

Full Review… | August 5, 2014
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Moebius

No penis. A disruptive relationship leads to an unfortunate accident and a young man has his penis removed. He rolls in rough cliques and needs to appear to be normal, despite his lacking essential equipment. However, it becomes apparent the young man is lacking some his parts. Meanwhile, he has his own unique methods of pleasure. Ki-duk Kim, director of Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring; 3-Iron; Dream; Time; The Bow; Wild Animals; Crocodile; Pieta; and The Coast Guard, delivers Moebius. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and well done. There are some very intense scenes and worthwhile character development and the acting is solid. This was recently added to the Netflix online queue so I had to add it to the wish list. This was better than average, has some unique qualities and scenarios, and an intense conclusion. This isn't perfect, but is definitely worth watching once. Grade: B

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Perhaps the most twisted movie I've seen after A Clockwork Orange (that immediately comes to mind anyway). Fucked up movie. Could have been made better if the director, Kim Ki-Duk, would get past his gimmick of not having his characters speak in the majority of his films. This would have worked better with the characters talking to each other, and the contrivance is even more greatly felt than usual. Having said that, however, Kim Ki-Duk is still a very talented and interesting director, even if I'm not always a fan of each of his films. Great performance by the main actress.

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

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.

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