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Oh. My. Lord.
as part of my French degree. It is DARK.
There was a screening of it for the class at 9am one morning and I was hungover. I decided it would be the Worst Idea Ever to actually attend and bought the DVD instead. A good move as it turned out.
that film comes back to me and I have to check out what I'm wearing to decide whether I'd rather dice with the traffic - jeans, BELT, trainers - yes - anything else - no.
it is shit shit shit and anyone that says otherwise is a fool
but am interested to hear why you think so.
dream swirly cameras for the pretension, extreme violence for the pr. i had no emotional involvement to the characters or the situation because essentially there are no characters - just cut-outs. i have only seen it the once (in the cinema) but i absolutely hated it
They're totally justifyable reasons in my book.
It's interesting because for me, it provoked some of the most extreme emotoinal responses in a film that I have ever experienced - real, genuine repulsion, horror, disgust and fear. And this is what made it an absolute success for me.
I found the camerawork in the first 20-30 minutes, coupled with that 28Hz background sound truly disorientating and nauseating and I think Noé really translated these feelings very well.
I guess one of my big yardsticks for judging success in a film is emotional connection and response - in whatever form it takes. Of course, I'd rather experience emotions that are positive and not the sheer horror that this film provoked, but nonetheless, I found this film induced huge emotions in me and therefore I think it's a big success.
But as you didn't experience this, I totally understand why you disagree.
Although, I prefer INDEFENSIBLE by Noé Pamarot.