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Surreal and dark,
This review is from: The Exterminating Angel   [DVD] (DVD)
I first saw this film about 10 years ago when i was at college and have been waiting a long time for it to come out on DVD. "The Exterminating Angel" is an attack on wealth and religion. A wealthy dinner party slowly descends into madness as the servants run away and the guests discover they are unable to leave. No physical force prevents them from going - it's just that someone tries to leave they inexplicably change their mind. The same is true for anyone trying to enter. As the outside world becomes fascinated by their plight, the guests descend into hunger, rage and madness, losing all the airs and graces that make them "civilised" and "respectable".
The film never reveals the cause of the strange curse, but the title implies some kind of divine punishment. The film is still startling today, particularly a macabre hallucination in which a woman is menaced by a disembodied hand.
A surreal classic.