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The Congress (2014)

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Critic Consensus: The Congress rises on the strength of Robin Wright's powerful performance, with enough ambitious storytelling and technical thrills to overcome its somewhat messy structure.

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More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio's head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright's digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in "The Congress" convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema. (C) Drafthouse

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Cast

Robin Wright
as Robin Wright
Danny Huston
as Jeff Green
Paul Giamatti
as Dr. Baker
Jon Hamm
as Dylan Truliner
Kodi Smit-McPhee
as Aaron Wright
Sami Gayle
as Sarah Wright
Sarah Shahi
as Michelle
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Critic Reviews for The Congress

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (23)

The anger drains out of the picture, and we watch in a state of passive appreciation and indifference.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
New Yorker
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An acquired taste, this dense Jabberwocky-ish word salad is a political allegory about a populace that's been pharmaceutically duped into believing its wretched world is wonderful.

Full Review… | September 4, 2014
New York Times
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A half-live-action, half-animated headtrip that throws Robin Wright into a dizzying showbiz paradigm shift.

Full Review… | September 4, 2014
Boston Globe
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A dystopian blend of live-action and animation that acidly comments on some of Hollywood's touchiest issues before drifting off into an existential fog.

Full Review… | September 3, 2014
New York Post
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It's almost painful to watch the immense promise of "The Congress," Ari Folman's spectacularly ambitious experiment, dissipate into nothing.

Full Review… | September 3, 2014
New York Daily News
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It's like Folman took several different genres-Hollywood satire, speculative dystopian fiction, family melodrama-and fused them into something amorphous and nebulous.

Full Review… | September 2, 2014
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for The Congress

It may feel disjointed to some viewers as it did to me when I first saw it, but I was wrong; in fact, this is a beautiful film that has Robin Wright in a fantastic performance and offers a fascinating discussion about reality and the thin line that separates the escapism of Hollywood films from alienation.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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A totally unique piece that capitalizes on an extensive history of scifi staples, including the book it's based on. This is a perfect film for cinephiles who have an affinity for the surreal and fantastic.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

Super Reviewer

½

In "The Congress," the actress Robin Wright lives on the edge of nowhere and an airport with her two teenaged children, Sarah(Sami Gayle) and Aaron(Kodi Smit-McPhee). Excited to get an offer of any sort, she travels with her longtime agent, Al(Harvey Keitel), to meet with Jeff Green(Danny Huston), the chief of Miramount Studios. It turns out to be something totally different from what she was expecting. Namely, as Jeff puts it, it is to be scanned into a computer, and as he puts it the last deal she will ever make. She declines it flat. But then realizing how much care Aaron will require as he is slowly going deaf and blind, she agrees, with a few conditions. "The Congress" is a movie about transitions, willing and not, that only begins with this possibly being a transition for director Ari Folman towards live action fiction movies. As far as this being about a transition for Robin Wright, this movie serves as a critical exploration of the difficulty actresses finding work as they get older.(Jeff Green scoffs as Robin's leaving porn off the list. "At her age?" You'd be surprised...) That's only the beginning as "The Congress," criticizing other science fiction movies as dumb, does the one thing that all decent science fiction movies should be in being about ideas, namely how technology does not always spur on creativity, with hand drawn animation being a prime example used while never forgetting the human element involved. Yes, some of that can be filed under a narrative stretch, but the occasional spectacular imagery makes up for that, not only the animation but also the former hangar and the scanning scene.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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