Tuesday, November 25

The Bothersome Man.

Dystopia (dîs-to´pê-e) noun

1. An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror.2. A work describing such a place or state: "dystopias such as Brave New World"

(Times Literary Supplement).
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The Bothersome Man has been called a surreal dystopia, a dark comedy, a social satire, a Kafka-esque nightmare.

This is a Norwegian film directed by Jens Lien.

It starts out with Andreas (Trond Fausa Aurvaag) falling in front of a subway train.

He awakens on a bus with no idea of his destination.

In the middle of a very stark yet beautiful countryside is a small run down bus stop where Andreas is let off.

He is greeted by a friendly old man who drives him into town where he is presented with a new apartment, clothes, job, and even a wife.

Everything seems almost too good to be true yet there is something wrong. No one shows any real emotion, most things are bland and tasteless.

Escape proves to be impossible.

Finally a crack in wall of his cellar that is streaming beautiful music provides hope.

This film has won many awards including the 2006 ACID Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

I enjoyed it though it took me awhile to get a feel of the direction it was going.


Deb said...

This looks extremely interesting...if I ever get a couple hours of quiet time, I'm going to check it out. (Did you rent it?...where did you get it? - internet?).

I've been getting caught up here - good stuff Rob. I rarely get around the blogosphere these days - mostly just FB/sports sites.


busterp said...

Hi Deb. Never enough time. I bought it on ebay. Saw it reviewed in EW?