“It is Absurd That We Should Live”

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“Absurd” opens with a nauseatingly adorable baby sitting on the floor in a squalid living room, gnawing on a Lego piece which she could potentially choke on. A woman walks in and snatches the piece away from the infant. The baby looks hurt and confused. The mother starts screaming how dangerous it is for an infant that young to be chewing on a Lego piece, how stupid and worthless the baby is. The mother starts throwing things around and the child flinches, silent tears trickling down her chubby, terror-stricken face. The scene is deeply unsettling and a bizarre choice for the opening. The next twenty minutes of the film consist of a silent claymation sequence of an epic goose migration. The migration ends at a beach somewhere on the east coast, where the geese explode in a pyrotechnic spray of entrails and blood.

After the goose migration sequence, we see a scruffy young man at a bar. His eyes are red-rimmed with fatigue and intoxication. We learn that he is an alcoholic and his life is spiralling out of control. In a drunken stupor one night, the man sells his soul to the devil in exchange for fame and fortune. The fame and fortune never come, but the man loses everything- including his soul.

Another claymation sequence follows, this time of a toxic waste dump. It is grey and rundown, but a tiny plant springs up in a pool of radioactive goo. The remainder of the film follows this mutant plant on a psychedelic romp through a scenic landscape of live-action footage and animated dreamworlds.

This film was fascinating and fulfilling. Definitely not family friendly, but for anyone looking for an intellectually challenging probe in to the psychology of self-discovery, and the absurdity of existence, this film is perfect.


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