Running away from the police, Aden goes to the desert where he meets an uncivilized man who has a special link with Mother-Earth. He ends up by convincing the hermit to come along with him into another desert... the big town!
When his mother dies, the police want to talk to Aden Rey, but Aden, a guilt-ridden epileptic, has left for the desert. There he comes upon Marvel, a noble savage. Aden, Marvel, and Marvel's goat become companions through travels, a wedding, an examination of Aden's role in his mother's passing, a trial, additional deaths, and various meals. There are also flashbacks to Aden's childhood and his relationship to his mother. Meanwhile, the police step up their efforts to find Aden. Written by
I think this movie is Arrabal's attempt to achieve something that looks like surrealism, taking scenes from Jodorowsky's "El Topo" and turning then into just senseless images. It seems like if he was just searching for things that would look "surreal", so to put them in the film. The plot, besides all the misleading "surreal" stuff, turns out to be a simple (and very used) boring movie plot; the guy that takes the native man from his environment and shows him the city blah blah blah. Besides this, there are still good things in the movie, like the lady from the TV news in the beginning of the film or the police trying to capture the main character. I didn't like the film, but what i do like is what Jodorowky has done with Arrabal's work, turning it into a masterpiece.
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