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