Rabbits is a series of short surreal films with the overall running time of forty minutes. It features three humanoid rabbits (two female and one male) in one single room. They sit on a sofa, enter and go out of the room, talk to each other and recite poetry. Through eerie music, rabbits’ nonsensical dialogue and strange visions, the viewers may discern that something truly unsettling has happened, is happening or is about to happen. Rabbits is a good example of a minimalist experimental short which uses the lightning, music and the theme of inexplicability to create feelings of uneasiness and barely perceivable fright. Here, inexplicability is key. Uneasiness lies in the inexplicability. Watching the film, the viewers may start pondering: “what is that?”, “what is happening?”, “what is the meaning of all this?” The meaning just about escapes us, even though we definitely sense that the three rabbits are being terrorised by something. The precise cause of what is going remains unclear and the underlying fear is transmitted to us through the specific “trigger words and phrases”, including “coincidence”, “a man in a green suit”, “I hear someone”, “It was red”, “We’re not going anywhere” and “I’m going to find out one day”. These words and phrases stand for some hidden distress. David Lynch proves once again that inexplicability and strangeness alone will sustain the interest.Continue reading “David Lynch: “Rabbits” (2002)”
Eastern Promises (2007)
“Eastern Promises” is David Cronenerg’s 18th big film starring Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel and Naomi Watts. The script is written by Steven Knight, better known for “Amazing Grace” (2006) and “Locke” (2013), and the movie starts with a young Eastern European girl dying during childbirth, leaving her baby girl and a diary behind, which is then taken into care/examination by a nurse called Anna (Watts) in a London hospital. Upon the diary’s examination, Anna discovers that it is very probable that the young girl has suffered badly at the hands of certain individuals, which takes her deep into the seat of a London-based Russian mafia and its operation.
The Painted Veil (2006)‘Lift not the painted veil which those who live Call Life: though unreal shapes be pictured there, And it but mimic all we would believe With colours idly spread…’ (Percy Bysshe Shelley) **SPOILER ALERT**
‘The Painted Veil’ is a moving romantic drama set in China in 1925, and based on W. Somerset Maugham’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name. This is a truly timeless story about the values of love, marriage, fidelity, understanding, etc., while also exploring a clash of cultures, to name just a few dominant themes. Directed by John Curran, this film is, arguably, the triumph of a book-to-film adaptation.
‘So, don’t play it for real, until it gets real’
There is no easy way to write a review to this film, unless, maybe, you are David Lynch himself. However, what is clear is that ‘Mulholland Drive’ is a mystery film with unconventional story-telling, bizarre scene sequences and some of the most nonsensical movie lines ever. Perhaps similar to ‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994), the events in ‘Mulholland Drive’ often unfold without any (meaningful) explanation given, with the intention to confuse the viewer, but also with the aim to awe at the end of the film. Overall, branded ‘the most challenging movie of the year’, this film is fascinating in its inexplicability, surrealism and originality, and probably has one of Naomi Watts’s best career performances.