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Kindering (1987)

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Refracted images, not unlike those in a funhouse mirror, display two children playing in a backyard, a boy and a girl. There's a dog, a swing, a picket fence, a Big Wheels trike. The grass ... See full summary »

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Refracted images, not unlike those in a funhouse mirror, display two children playing in a backyard, a boy and a girl. There's a dog, a swing, a picket fence, a Big Wheels trike. The grass is green and lush. A soundtrack mixes a chorus, swelling strings, and a child vocalizing. The effect is to idealize the images. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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what the hell?!
12 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

This easily could have been a more typical Brakhage film with quick editing and cute imagery of kids, but instead he transforms his simplistic footage into a horrifying experimental masterwork. It's so crazy and bizarre that it made me both laugh and hide in fright. The editing style is very much like Brakhage, but this time seems a little less repetitive and more unique compared to a few of his previous works. Although Brakhage was one of the greatest of all filmmakers, and his traditional techniques influenced cinema highly, it is always great to see his creating something a little bit more fresh and new. It is extremely important to note that this is among the very few Brakhage films to include SOUND. And the audio really adds to the creepy, seemingly drug inspired atmosphere that feels chaotic, hypnotic, and damn scary all at the same time!


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