This is one of those films that’s very hard to review, not only coz it’s hard to describe without giving too much away, but also coz its hard to actually understand what the eff is going on in it.

But as far as I can tell/say: It’s about a family who live in complete isolation. Or the three kids do anyway – they’re never allowed to leave the confines of the family house and garden. Their Dad is the only one who can/will venture outside. And it gets weirder – they’re taught a different language by their parents (told that certain words mean something else – like that the word ‘sea’ is a type of chair), made to play weird competitive games in which they compete for stickers, taught how to bark like dogs… And when I say kids I don’t mean young kids. They’re actually about 20 odd years old – adults who act like kids…but who have adult urges and feelings.

And that’s all I can really say…it’s one of the most bizarre films I’ve ever seen. Utterly bonkers. But its sooo great because of this. Nothing is explained. It just…is. That might frustrate some people but I think that makes it all the more amazing. And once you’ve seen it you’ll be speculating about it for days after.

It’s also incredibly shocking in parts, for various different reasons (if I said any more than that it would completely spoil it for you though). So if you’re easily shocked (or don’t like arty foreign films), erm, just don’t watch it. Ya prude.


~ by square-eyed-geek on May 19, 2011.

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