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If you like Philip K Dick, then this may be right up your alley.
on 15 February 2016
The film itself is long, and dreamy.
It feels a lot like the novel Ubik, if done with the dialogue of a 1970s soft core porno. The cinematography is a mix between weird, central European TV drama type facial close ups, then longer shots that have an influence of Kurbick to them, particularly in the symmetry they utilse.
It gives you a weird sensation watching this, that I can only describe as like being invited over to a foreign kids house for dinner when you were a kid, perhaps he's just moved into the area and out of sympathy you felt obliged to accept. Eager to make an impression, his mother has spent all day preparing the meal and when it gets served you look at it with only a hint of comprehension - you know most of the ingredients but you're not quite sure what the end product is and whether you like it, but you feel the urge to tell people about it regardless.Did you enjoy it? It's hard to tell...
You're skeptical you'll ever be invited back again. However everything remains very polite beyond even the time when your own parents come to collect you (you're described as a joy and easy, no trouble at all).On the journey home your parents ask you if you enjoyed yourself, you just say "it was alright", not even knowing how to express the mild violation you felt about the whole experience - There is part of the world out there that you know exists now, that you'd never anticipated knowing before. You've been changed forever, slightly.
The next day, you arrive at school, the foreign kid doesn't meet your eye when you look at him. The two of you never really speak again, except to exchange mild pleasantries. Eventually as he settles into his strange, new environment, he makes new friends, you're not included in the invitation list to his birthday celebration. You look at his new circle of pals and imagine them eating his mothers meals, did they finish everything served to them? Maybe she's changed what she cooks...
Your skepticism proved, you're left wondering what it all meant anyway.
Eventually you move on with your life, and forget all about it.