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To have no set purpose in one's life is the harlotry of the will -Stephen Mackenna-

Monday, May 23, 2005

EU Film Days 5/21 Four Shades of Brown

four shades of brown
To call this a film would be misleading as its an almost four hour exploration into 4 smaller, unrelated stories. It's kind of a...well, I'll let those at the Chicago Film Festival explain it.

For me it was an ambling, unrelated, and crushing 4 hours. I left the theater almost in tears and very frustrated about the nature of life. But, as this was made by a Monty Python-esque, it's hard to tell if I missed the dark humour. The scene where a slacker son accidentally gives his father first degree burns while showing him the ropes of his job as a animal cremator seems over the top and funny on paper, but on screen, and especially the events that ensue, are difficult to be seen as humour.

Don't get me wrong, it was a very positive experience. It's just difficult to know what this film was trying to be (perhaps that's exactly what the producers had in mind)


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