Crowded House performs in the music video "Don't Dream It's Over" from the album "Crowded House" recorded for Capitol Recording Studios. Neil Finn sings and plays guitar as he walks through... See full summary »
A stressed-out Kafkian man called Ruben retells an embarrassing dream he had. In it, his overbearing mother takes him, naked and embarrassed, to a noirish department store to buy him clothes, a penis and a wife. He looks for a way out.
A man, who suddenly realizes that he has no memory of what he does during the day, hires a husband and wife detective agency to follow him. The truth takes a dark turn as their investigation leads to a series of frightening revelations.
A fine piece of work by Mr. Proyas at such a young age. Being a huge Proyas fan, when I got the chance to view this film, I naturally jumped at the opportunity. Shot on 35mm and combining stop-motion with live action, this dark and disturbing piece, ventures into an alienated society where violence appears to be just another everyday occurrence.
What I really liked about this film was the mood and tone it set right off the start. A similar feeling to what Proyas would later display in films like The Crow, and Dark City. The urban society, in which these characters dwell, is a dark and depressing one. The stop-motion effect of people moving throughout the frame also adds to the strangeness of this film. Every so often cars race by, revealing only a streak of light, surging with energy. The sounds that accompany them are sharp and painful, sending a shiver down the audience's spine. Not only are the locations and lighting great, but also Proyas' choice of shots is simply magnificent. The early signs of a true master of the camera.
But despite the technical beauty of this piece, there is a story involved, as well as characters, which are both real and sympathetic. An all around successful short film as far as I'm concerned. I look forward to Mr. Proyas' new work, and will continue to stay a loyal fan, as he has inspired me very much as a filmmaker.
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