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 Director F.W. Murnau, while the bomb outrage is said to take place in "the Musil district", named after German novelist Robert Musil, whose work has often been linked to Kafka's. See more »
[sarcastically, as Franz shows up for work]
But Kafka, you're... on time!
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This film is a tribute to Franz Kafka, with a plot inspired from his writings. Without reading at least one book by Kafka, the film is totally incomprehensible. A writer that lived at the end of the 18th century and the start of the 19th, he wrote about the depressing world of oppressing capitalism, the same mass oriented philosophy that inspired fascism and communism alike. His books were never happy and their ending was often depressing.
So why should this film be any different? The plot is kind of shifty, but the acting, cinematography, location and music are great. After seeing this film, I can't imagine anybody else but Jeremy Irons in the lead role.
Bottom line: it's about the feeling. The same dark feeling that Kafka expressed through his books is expressed by this movie. The story (a mix of Kafka subjects) is just a pretext. Be warned, though, that it is not an easy movie. It is a noir and heavy film.
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