The year is 1999 and the storyline is actually a number of sub-plots all revolving around the 13-year old Clara, a girl that can predict the future and has telekinetic powers. The sub-plots... See full summary »
A hugely talented but socially isolated computer operator is tasked by Management to prove the Zero Theorem: that the universe ends as nothing, rendering life meaningless. But meaning is ... See full summary »
In Greece to scatter his father's ashes, Isaac hears of a curse that hangs over the head of his family. Dismissing the idea, his trip begins to unveil dark truths that forced his father to flee years ago.
The cinematography for the live-action scenes is by Michal Englert, the Polish cameraman who recently won the Sundance Festival's Best Cinematography award for his work on Jacek Borcuch's Lasting. See more »
Highs: A very imaginative film for sure. The animation is unique, being unlike anything I've seen. It resembles Waltz with Bashir in a way, but here we enter in a fantastic world filled with strange and colorful characters / backgrounds. The Congress contained plenty of interesting and, at times, hilarious cameos by celebrities, religious icons, historical figures and so forth. I was also impressed by how much drama there was in this film. Robin Wright portrays this decadent actress who accepts one last job that will change the rest of her life. I liked how the animated world connected with reality for the most part.
Lows: The animation is often spectacular, but can be too cartoonish on certain occasions, not being for everyone. This futuristic view of the movie industry is really over the top, but this wasn't a huge deal for me as it's mainly a sci-fi film. There are a few silly dialogues and jokes that dragged the first half a bit.
Verdict: The Congress is a great follow-up to Waltz with Bashir and is definitely the wildest trip I've had watching an animated film in a long time.
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