In a Nutshell. Mini reviews of movies old and new. No fuss. No spoilers. And often no sleep.

Saturday, 9 August 2014


Ari Folman crafts a uniquely beautiful live action/animated work with The Congress, a philosophical satire loosely inspired by Stanisław Lem's The Futurological Congress.
In her best performance to date, Robin Wright portrays a science-fictionalized version of herself that echoes that of a character that wouldn't be out of place in a Charlie Kaufman piece.  The Congress explores a number of themes including mortality, appearances, the pro & cons of advanced technology in film, all while taking some mature and delicately executed swipes at the Hollywood mainstream.  Folman returns to his Waltz with Bashir crew to help animate a world that looks like a Jean-Pierre Jeunet world seen through the eyes of Ralph Bashki.
A very important cinematic achievement that I urge any lover of thoughtful storytelling in cinema to experience.

4½ animated Dwarfs out of 5

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