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Beauty and love in the world of consumers

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This is a very unusual movie; an indie movie with respect to all indie movies. Formally, it is sci-fi movie plus a political satire. The political premise is a common point: we are all valuable to the extent we are valuable as consumers. The director-screenwriter added to it a twist: sex increases the desire to consume something, but only if it is sex without any attachment (true or not, this is a scientifically established fact in the movie). So, sex without any attachment increases the value of the personal stock of any citizen, an attachment decreases this value and, moreover, is a crime. All this is monitored by special computers.

Another thread, the more sci-fi one, seems to be hardly related with the political line till the very end and the connection may go completely unnoticed. This is about the Girl from Monday, played by Tatiana Abracos (what happened to her after this movie?). She appears from the ocean in the beginning and usually is in distress and is incredibly beautiful. The second girl, played by Sabrina Lloyd is no less beautiful (and, apparently, much more beautiful in this movie than in others; still, I must admit that I didn’t saw her in any other movie) and is not distressed more than one would normally when dealing with her problems in the second half of the movie.

All lines of the story (a simple one, at the first sight) are connected at the end. No spoilers.

If you are going to watch this movie, you should keep in mind that it was filmed in a rather unusual manner, switching from bright colors to black and white, with frames occasionally frozen for a second (probably, less), and almost no frames positioned horizontally. The story isn’t told directly, despite the narration of Jack (Bill Sage). If you are ready to digest all this, you will be amply rewarded, at least if you share to some extent the director’s concerns about the consumerism. The issue of constant surveillance, which is just the natural background of the movie, is very relevant right now (June 2013).

And no matter what do you think about all this, the movie is visually very beautiful.

8/10
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Added by Melancoly Baby
4 years ago on 24 June 2013 05:10



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