Prezít svuj zivot (teorie a praxe) (Surviving Life (Theory and Practice)) (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

Prezít svuj zivot (teorie a praxe) (Surviving Life (Theory and Practice)) (2010)




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Eugene, an aging man, leads a double life: one real - the waking life he spends in the company of his wife of many years, Milana - and the other in his dreams, his sleeping hours being devoted to a recurring evolving dream of a beautiful young woman, Evgenia. Seeking to perpetuate his dream life, he goes to see a psychoanalyst, who attempts to provide an ongoing interpretation of his experiences. On the wall there are portraits of Freud and Jung, which become animated, alternately applauding, disapproving or fighting over her interpretations. The latest film from practising surrealist animator Jan vankmajer is a mix of cut-out animation from photographs and live action segments, combining real actors with their animated photographs, against black and white backdrops of photographed Czech buildings. This stylistic approach which, Svankmajer jokes during the films introduction, was due to lack of funds and saved on catering, provides freedom for imaginative collages, and humorous nods in the direction of some of surrealism's familiar practitioners (Dalí, Ernst, Buñuel). Drawn directly from vankmajer's own dreams, the film is a complex, multilayered story about aging, love, sex, childhood, trauma and dreams, steeped in Freudian and Jungian analysis and injected with a healthy dose of perversity. As Eugene labors in different versions of reality, vankmajer's own deeply curious take on reality manifests in all its surrealist splendor.


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Critic Reviews for Prezít svuj zivot (teorie a praxe) (Surviving Life (Theory and Practice))

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It harnesses the skewed workings of the subconscious, confirming Svankmajer as a master filmmaker and knocking films like 'Inception' and 'The Matrix' into a cocked hat.

November 29, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A psychoanalytical masterpiece.

December 5, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

While the film may lack money, it's by no means short on imagination.

August 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Peek into the subconscious imagery of Jan Svankmajer

November 16, 2012 | Full Review…

A hit-the-ground-dead Freudian romp about an office worker's dream life.

December 8, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The plot might have been better suited to a long-ish short, but Svankmajers outlandish imagination and visual metaphors conjure up an arresting animated universe in which dreams and reality co-exist.

December 7, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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