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.
Art House & International , Comedy
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Critic Reviews for Prezít svuj zivot (teorie a praxe) (Surviving Life (Theory and Practice))

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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 29, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Peek into the subconscious imagery of Jan Svankmajer

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
Movie Habit

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

Full Review… | December 8, 2011
Financial Times

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.

Full Review… | December 7, 2011

The style is often close to vintage Terry Gilliam.

Full Review… | December 4, 2011
Observer (UK)

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


The half dozen or so funny moments aren't worth enduring the rest of the movie. Perhaps an investment in parsing the movie for meaning could be rewarding, but it really doesn't seem worth the effort. So much of the symbolism is so basic that there may not be further depths to plumb.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

the freudian oedipal complex and jungian anima and animus is a backdrop for usual five star visuals, and gets a fairy tale treatment the same way alice in wonderland, little otik, and faust got the surreal psychodrama treatment. it's a definite improvement from "Lunacy", and his best feature so far. more plot than usual, and more jam packed with imagery than anything since "Alice" and "Faust".

Joseph Sylvers
Joseph Sylvers

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