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Cast overview:
Mathieu Joly ...
The rower
Pierre Lefebvre ...
Man with the rose


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Fantasy | Short





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23 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Visually Stunning
21 March 2003 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

As with a lot of short films, R.Merthonensis is designed primarily to show off the director's visual flair rather than to have any coherent story. In it, a man wearing goggles sits in a rowing machine in a vast factory tinted on reds and greens. The camera slowly moves further and further upwards to the top of the machine, before revealing that all of the mans sweat and toil produces nothing more than a single drop of perfume, used to scent a rose bought by a well dressed gentleman.

I'm sure the story's all very symbolic and represents the struggles of the lower class against the ease of the ruling class (or something like that), but what really matters is the visual side of the film. It looks fantastic. The dark colours and factory noises make it somewhat reminiscent of David Lynch's Eraserhead, and the contraption itself is stunning. R.Merthonensis is only a few minutes long, and so is worth watching simply to see some stunning visuals and to be mightily confused.

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