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5.0 out of 5 stars Life's a picnic!, 20 May 2008
This review is from: The Party And The Guests [1966] [DVD] (DVD)
So you're out with your friends frolicking around in a beautiful forest glade, enjoying the summer weather, eating cake and drinking wine. You decide to leave when a group of thuggish looking men led by a bizarre, slightly menacing character, decide that you can't go home just yet! Cue Kafkaesque intrigue, surreal encounters and meaningless dialogue. Slowly the tension builds up as our guests are cajoled and entertained by the 'party' led by a man in a white suit with a penchant for candelabras. For me this film captures the mental and physical control exerted by a totalitarian regime whose sole purpose is control and conformity laced with the threat of violence (listen to the blank screen ending!). There is no escape so our guests have to conform, some willingly, others under duress - except for one silent character. This film is a remarkable allegory of repression, instilling a sense of unease and bewilderment, which is reinforced by the medium itself - there is no discernible plot, conversations are incomplete and nothing is explained. However, there are some moments of exquisite filmmaking - the women bathing in a refreshing brook, the rustle of trees in a warm breeze and the banquet scene by a lake.
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