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Tears of joy when it was over cause it was too darn sickening and so long even with its 38 minutes. Forget about its ultimate pretense in trying to bring a Kafkaesque setting into a moderated hidden criticism on Czechoslovakia's and the Communist regime; what hurt the most was not seeing "inspired by the works of Franz Kafka" in the movie's screenplay opening titles. In some countries it's known as "Joseph Kilian", obvious reference but not used to the fullest here, with a story involving a man who's trying to find the title character for reasons unknown, and gets trapped into bureaucratic obstacles, among them he suddenly gets the urge of going to a shop where he can rent a cat. Purpose? None, I guess.
Usually, whether being inspired by or being a work based on Kafka, you can't go wrong. The aesthetics, the references, everything is easily recognizable and can be greatly used...as long the director knows what to do with those, and he or she is fully aware of how to compose everything. The duo Pavel Jurácek and Jan Schmidt never got me fully invested in this story, nothing made sense, neither the Kafka's channeling, neither their critique on their nation, also homeland of Mr. Kafka - the then Austria-Hungary. It's so lifeless, with minor bits of dark humor, voiceless. What's the idea behind all the confusion? Man is superior to the animal because he can be more submissive, reflects one character and that seems the only deep part of the movie. If there's symbols, they're all flawed, lacking in substance and a proper use of the absurd. The monochromatic hue was perfect along with some optical effects that made me remember of "The Metamorphosis", a scene where a character is carrying a huge object through the stairs but it feels like it's a giant insect climbing those same stairs.
Apart from some minor qualities, here's a movie that won't stick in your memory. Pity. 4/10
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