Four young men and a young woman sit in boredom. She smokes while one strums a lute, one looks at a magazine, and two fiddle with string. The door opens and in comes a young man, cigarette ...
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Images of two women, two men, and a gray cat form a montage of rapid bits of movement. A woman is in a bedroom, another wears an apron: they work with their hands, occasionally looking up. ... See full summary »
We see a film negative of a nude couple embracing in bed. Then, back in regular black and white images, we see them alone and together, clothed, at home. It's night, she sees his reflection... See full summary »
A collage of two-dimensional images of vegetation, each appearing only for a moment, sometimes as a single image, more often with other bits of stem, leaf, bud, or petal. Often we see only ... See full summary »
Refracted images, not unlike those in a funhouse mirror, display two children playing in a backyard, a boy and a girl. There's a dog, a swing, a picket fence, a Big Wheels trike. The grass ... See full summary »
Four young men and a young woman sit in boredom. She smokes while one strums a lute, one looks at a magazine, and two fiddle with string. The door opens and in comes a young man, cigarette between his lips, a swagger on his face. The young woman laughs. As the four young men continue disconnected activities, the other two become a couple. When the four realize something has changed, first they stare at the couple who have kissed and now are dancing slowly. The four run from the house in a kind of frenzy and return to stare. The power of sex has unnerved them. Written by
It is atmospheric, creepy, weird, funny, and it's only 7 minutes! I'd definitely recommend it to fans of experimental filmmaking, or anybody interested in filmmaking. Even if you don't like it, you still wouldn't have wasted all too much of your time.
Yes, it has a pretty low user rating, and I can understand if you dislike the film. It is VERY weird and nonsensical and confusing, but I, personally, enjoyed it, and it makes me want to watch even more Brakhage films.
The main problem about "Desistfilm" is that there isn't much to say about it. I can't say it was a flawless, cinematic masterpiece, because it just wasn't good enough for that. I could phrase it differently, by saying that it was missing something, but it wasn't aiming for anything that high, it is just a short, experimental piece. Not Brakhage's best, but still a great short film.
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