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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post

    I don't know what to add. I really liked this movie: Stunning visuals, perfect soundtrack, and a nearly incomprehensible story. It's got the visual and musical style of a Bava or Argento giallo and a unique avant-garde narrative structure that is at least as confusing as Last Year at Marienbad. Should one see it? It's hard to say. Several people flat walked out of the screening I attended, and the dude next to me fell asleep (though, to be fair, it was a midnight show).

    Here's how I would answer how "Mike Pereira blasted" the movie in his TIFF review:


    “On the surface it sounds like vintage giallo but the plot is soon caught up in needless, incoherence (huge understatement),” he says in his review. “It took me right out of the picture.
    Sounds like vintage giallo? Yes. In fact, does throughout. Needless incoherence? Poppycock. To me, it's not simply needless incoherence, because it is, in fact, the way the movie is structured. Is it difficult? Yes. Is it really hard to follow? Absolutely, there is no distinction between what is past, present, fantasy or reality, and it makes the truth of the narrative nearly impossible to understand. I'm not even entirely sure it was the filmmakers' intention to make it this hard to follow, but there is clear intent as to the structure, so I would consider it "incoherence" but not necessarily "needless incoherence."


    “This is pretentious with a capital P,”
    It is, no getting around it. It's more than just that, though.


    he adds before giving this heavy warning: “If you’ve managed to go through your entire life not viewing a single giallo, this is the last place to start. I’d say avoid like the plague. It would scare off anyone who’d ever had the remote interest of seeing one.”
    I agree with this. However, why would you want to start with this instead of a classic giallo from one of the masters? I'd argue that one should see neither Amer nor Strange Colour without first experiencing a healthy dose of classic Italian giallo and horror. Filmically, both are better within that context. Why start an exploration of '60s and '70s giallo with a picture by 21st-century Belgians? Also, while the basic elements of giallo exist here, and the filmmakers describe it as giallo, the storytelling is way out on the deep end, so even if this were a picture smack in the middle of the classic era for this type of movie, it's not the first place you'd start because of the rules it so strongly bends.


    Even though Mike hated the movie, he does give props to Cattet and Forzani for their filmmaking ability: “It successfully captures the audio/visual beauty of those films [giallo] and that’s about it,” he explains. “[They] are obviously super-talented which makes this nonsense all the more frustrating.“
    Bottom line is if you go into this movie with some sort of expectation other than that it's going to look beautiful, you stand a good chance of being very disappointed. That's the only expectation I had of it going in, and it fulfilled on that level and then offered me even more. The narrative seems fairly straightforward at first, but at some point will instantly derail. This may be a different point for different people. At that point, or some point thereafter, individual reactions are likely to vary widely. That's why I enjoyed it.

    Disclaimer: One of my favorite film analysts is Belgian. This may or may not affect my perspective.
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    Damn, man. Nice post.
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    Thanks!

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