Surviving Life

Movies, Comedy
5 out of 5 stars
Surviving Life
Finally, a film which answers that immortal question: What would ‘Inception’ have been like it was set in a dilapidated Prague suburb and dramatised via peculiar paper cut-out animation? As with his previous film, ‘Lunacy’ (2007), Czech animation maestro turned feature-length fabulist Jan Svankmajer opens the film with a to-camera address in which he sardonically introduces us to the themes (and budgetary constraints) of this wonderfully loopy and eventually very moving work about a man on a literal search for the woman of his dreams. Mixing Freudian and Jungian dream logic with a cascade of gaudy symbols and a treatise on the meaning of love and the workings of the subconscious, Svankmajer achieves the insurmountable feat of making a film set in the mind that feels merrily surreal, dramatically involving and painstakingly composed all at once. A brilliant one-off.

By: David Jenkins


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Director: Jan Svankmajer
Screenwriter: Jan Svankmajer
Cast: Vaclav Helsus
Klára Issová
Zuzana Stivinová
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