Toby, a disillusioned film director, becomes pulled into a world of time-jumping fantasy when a Spanish cobbler believes him to be Sancho Panza. He gradually becomes unable to tell dreams from reality.
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
Chloë Grace Moretz,
Sam, intelligent but without purpose, finds a mysterious woman swimming in his apartment's pool one night. The next morning, she disappears. Sam sets off across LA to find her, and along the way he uncovers a conspiracy far more bizarre.
David Robert Mitchell
Toby, a cynical but supposedly genius film director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth - a film that changed the hopes and dreams of a small Spanish village forever. Can Toby make amends and regain his humanity? Can Don Quixote survive his madness and imminent death? Or will love conquer all?
It is worth nothing that while I am no great fan of Gilliam's more outrageous works, I do appreciate that there is something special about those very Gilliamesque films. And there are certainly flashes of that auteur level work evident here.
There are also plenty of those elements that make his more commercial pieces effective.
Just somewhere along the line it doesn't all hang together. I understand the premise but it just seems to be scattered throughout the film without any sort of consistency.
Towards the end as the camera work reaches sea-sickening levels randomness it seems to lose faith in both the story and characters and tries to right itself by taking a random leap out of its own confusing narrative and into an outtake from Baron Munchhausen in order to get to a forced conclusion that it hasn't earned.
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