Lukas Moodysson - Container (2006)

The speed and narrative voice in Chain reminded me of Container by Lukas Moodysson, so here it is again, updated with a better description, link to karagarga and screenshots.

With his 74-minute feature Container, Swedish avant-garde filmmaker Lucas Moodysson plunges, headfirst, into a surrealistic dreamscape and offers a sharp critique of contemporary society. In crafting this motion picture, the director pulls the audience into a different cinematic mindset - a stream of consciousness mode of storytelling, where he floods the viewer with everything at once - "relevant and irrelevant" - in lieu of a more conventional, linear narrative mode. Shot in patchy, grainy, high-contrast black-and-white, the film follows an obese man as he carries an Asian woman, piggyback, through a garbage-filled landscape. Meanwhile, an American actress (Jena Malone) narrates a series of free-association thoughts and voices a number of characters on the soundtrack, drifting languidly (in the Pynchonian sense) in and out of coherence - her observations laden with references to pop culture, spirituality, and consumerism. An interesting presentation Cineuropa: "Described by its author as "a black and white silent movie with sound", Container was shot in Chernobyl, Transylvania and in Sweden’s Film i Väst’s studios in Trollhättan. One sentence from its author gives an idea of the director’s new poetic and experimental piece of filmmaking: "a woman in a man’s body. A man in a woman’s body. Jesus in Mary’s stomach. The water breaks. It floods into me. I can’t close the lid. My heart is full"..."

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