Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
|09.27.12||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2012|
Mr. Oizo's Quentin Dupiex's follow-up to Rubber, about a guy who loses his dog. Surreal stuff can be hit or miss with me but the stuff I like I REALLY like. Rubber fell victim to festival fatigue for me I think so I almost didn't see this because it's so late in the fest but Micah really enjoyed it so I decided to take a chance. I'm glad I did because I liked it too.
It took me a long time (mostly watching Bunuel movies on criterion dvd via netflix) to come to a personal approach to surreal in that it not making any sense IS the point. Certain messages on the surface are still there but there doesn't have to be any deeper meaning or symbolism or anything like that. Case in point: it's raining inside the office because it is. To me this is funny exactly when we go into the manager's office and she has a pile of towels to use and she doesn't like getting her chairs wet. I guess the deeper meaning is that it doesn't normally rain inside an office? Just like clocks usually don't display "7:60" instead of "8:00." I may be completely wrong with my interpretation of this material but, under my current understanding, I found this to be pretty entertaining.
Mostly because it's funny. Bill Fichtner's great. Steve Little's great. The gardener's great. It looks great. And it's funny. So I liked this, and moreso I've been thinking back and liking it more and more since seeing it. It's kind of turned into a highlight for me in my brain.
Also, I'm pretty sure Bill Fichtner's character lives in the Sowden house. I know it because Steve Hodel claims that's where his dad killed the Black Dahlia in his book and I found the crazy details of the house really interesting. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's son, it's a crazy Mayan design with a center courtyard and weird hidden rooms and things like that. Super inside but I liked seeing it and making that connection.