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J'irai comme un cheval fou (1973)
It's so weird and deep, it must be art.
This flick gives surrealism a bad name. Trite philosophy conveyed through obtuse symbolism and "shocking" imagery. The dialogue oscillates between the obvious, the ridiculous, and the stupid. I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus so now I hate women but I love this ugly troll. Society is blah blah blah. And what would a pseudo-surrealist picture be without abundant excrement and animal torture? OK guys, you go crap back to back in the moonlight and you, go bite the heads off these chicks. It's just so outrageous! It's shocked me out of my complacency. I'm forced to reassess my life and role in society. God I was bored, I just wanted it to end already. The only thing that genuinely shocked (and angered) me was the chick-head-biting scene I mentioned. The rest is purely "film-school."
I liked it. Sure it was kinda silly and certainly flawed but it entertained me for 2 hours. Mostly this is due to Sam Elliot; always a compelling screen presence. The first half of the movie pulled me in and seemed somewhat believable. Then there was the second half. Like the part with the pilot and how carelessly Dexter endangers her. That was a total amateur move and at odds with his previously established professionalism. This is when the movie started going off the rails for me. That and the cartoonishly evil senator willingly to do whatever it takes to complete Project Whatchamacallit. Then the ending, again Dexter displays amateurism and was lucky, ridiculously lucky, to get away with what he did. But, then again, stuff blew up real good. Hey, it was an entertaining enough flick and if it ever turns into a TV series I'll watch it, but then again I used to watch MacGuyver.