Sweet Movie Reviews
Contrary to that boring school of thought rooted in the idea that a film is a success if it illicits any kind of response from an audience, anti-authoritarianism doesn't succeed on its own. If all you're going to present is repetitive, tedious, dull, puerile gags that get their point across in the first five minutes, you've done nothing except create a sophomoric venture into empty contrarianism. It is possible to deal with these themes effectively (Hanake's The Piano Teacher, for example, is an exceptional deconstruction of the oppressive nature of societal repression in a way this so desperately wants to be), but Makavejev doesn't seem to want to dig deep enough to hit this kind of ground.
In the midst of all its gleeful taunting, I nearly fell asleep, only perking up to shake my head at the ignorance motivating the lazy and misguided scene involving an adult/child sexual interaction (other points of regressive ignorance can be found in its treatment of black people and its degradation of the female form). While I'm sure 19 year olds working their way through their intro-to-film classes will find this riveting, it left me entirely unimpressed, and the fact that it explicitly dares the audience to find it repulsive near the end so it can label you an oppressive slave to normative social mores is more insulting than anything else.
And then just to insure that none of us will ever have an erection again(or the female equivalent), documentary footage is included of bodies being uncovered from the Katyn Massacre site.
This one is a silly piece that involves a whole lot of different stuff, often with a sexual undertone. It's R-rated, and after a while it turns pretty extreme. Somewhere in it it gradually turns nastier and nastier. I won't recommend eating while watching some of this stuff - your food might end up cold. That "Salo"-film is mentioned as a similiar film, that should explain a whole lot.
Anyhow, we meet a very pretty girl and a very cool boat. We get some very funny scenes, others seem hard to get - they are just scenes with few meanings for me.
Lots of singing and quite few words. Other scenes are very artistic and avant-guard like.
I like some ideas, I actually like a lot of this film - but in the end it was a bit too extreme for me in some ways. Maybe the most disturbing film I've seen
6.5 out of 10 kilos of sugar.
I'm not disturbed by the acts the people commit for the sake of the film, but with children on set with adults exposing themselves. That's pedophilia.
I liked the art-house feel, it can be compelling, but I don't like it since I've seen such a disgusting act.
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