Beautiful, violent, heartbreaking and transcendent
First off, this movie is gorgeous. It's so well shot, and the art direction is amazing. I can see why it was categorized as horror--it contains body horror and lots of gore-- but I wouldn't call it a horror film. It's about reaching out beyond the meat sacks we live in and touching other people, essence to essence. It's about love and addiction and heartbreak. It's about violence, detachment, and the pain of re-engaging with life. The acting is, for the most part, wonderful. Part of the story is told with paper animation, a film within a film created by one of the two main characters. This sub-story weaves in and out of the main story, and resonates beautifully. Don't watch this film if you're already sad--it will yank your heart out and play racquetball with it. But if you're feeling strong and you want to see something truly original and inspired, watch Androgynym.
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