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The Franklin Abraham is a building 2 kilometers wide, 3 kilometers long and in places 175 stories tall. It reputedly once inhabited a population of over 2 million people. The edifice began ... See full summary »

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The Franklin Abraham is a building 2 kilometers wide, 3 kilometers long and in places 175 stories tall. It reputedly once inhabited a population of over 2 million people. The edifice began as a residential tower designed in the once fashionable Rococo-Moderne style. In the 200 years since its inception it has expanded into an amalgamated superstructure that encompasses all aspects of civic life: residential, retail, manufacturing, education, government and entertainment. Jonah FreemanÕs film is a circuitous journey through this vast, labyrinthine structure. The camera assumes the position of a voyeuristic, roaming eye that passes through the lives and spaces of an interiorized society. Particles of stories or characters are explored briefly and then left behind: a despondent teenage girl and her older newspaper-stealing boyfriend; a timid office worker on a date with a sinister-looking romeo; bored, subterranean youth gangs; the tribulations of the family and mega-corporation that own... Written by JONAH FREEMAN

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14 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even though I only saw about half of this film at a festival I had to leave to go catch something else someone I knew directed but wanted to stay and watch more of it. It's kind of an outsider film, I particularly got this feeling in the "jewish anarchist bunker" scenes, for how they were written. but otherwise the movie really suffered from overly formulaic writing, I felt.

However the direction was quite strong and I really wanted to see how it all came out, if it did, . . . there is definitely something going on with this filmmaker. But I think he needs to stretch a little as a writer to land somewhere between "outsider" and "canned" he will probably end up with something really quite great maybe. . .


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