Kafka, an insurance worker gets embroiled in an underground group after a co-worker is murdered. The underground group is responsible for bombings all over town, attempting to thwart a secret organization that controls the major events in society. He eventually penetrates the secret organization and must confront them. Written by
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In addition to naming supporting characters after dissimilar characters in Franz Kafka's novels and stories, this film also uses other names with some literary or cinematic significance - the mysterious Dr. Murnau is named after the great director F.W. Murnau, whilst the bomb outrage is said to take place in "the Musil district", named after the great German novelist Robert Musil, whose work has often been linked to Kafka's. See more »
It's not too bad working here, though.
You've never felt it was a horrible double life, from which there was probably no escape but insanity?
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'Why should today be different from any other?' - why should we even have dreams, huh?
Not very accessible film about supposed parts of the life of Franz Kafka with fantastic distinctive music and great photography. I really think Soderbergh is one of few (Welles, Gilliam, Cronenberg, Roeg maybe) who are able to create something like this. He is one of the most versatile directors of our time. Only his third feature (right after 'Sex, Lies & Videotape') and definitely his best besides Traffic. This film is one of the reasons independent filmmaking is the only way to achieve great cinematic creations. Kafka's twilight and absurd world is really portrayed in an excellent way.
The cinematography by Walt Lloyd is absolutely brilliant. The best of all films from the nineties. It was probably inspired by Brazil (1985), The Third Man (1949) and The Trial (1963). I wish this film was 60 minutes longer. If only to give the cast more time to perform completely. The acting isn't uplifting, but definitely not bad. All the actors had better performances in other movies (Theresa Russell in Track 29, Jeremy Irons in Dead Ringers, Jeroen Krabbe in King of the Hill, Ian Holm in Brazil).
10 points out of 10 ;-)
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