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74 Ratings


Directed by Alex Ross Perry
United States, 2009
Comedy, Action, Avant-Garde


At the end of WWII, the United States sent soldiers across Europe to locate and retrieve the rockets and rocket science that Germany perfected before losing the war.

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Impolex Directed by Alex Ross Perry

Critics reviews

Poking at the 20th century’s densest and nuttiest American mega-novel with the skinniest of sticks, Perry’s movie is a bit of a sleepwalk—nothing much happens, as if it were a daydream the iconic Tyrone Slothrophad between lines in the novel’s “Zone” chapters. This quality, of course, can only be appreciated if you don’t let guileless amateurishness, or chronic mumbling, ruin your evening.
July 13, 2011
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To call Tyrone castrated by comparison is both grossly reductive and too violent: Impolex isn’t about a man who can’t find his dick so much as it is an internalization of the problematic dick semiotics of today’s young adults. If everything’s a blithe dick joke then where does that leave the male psyche? What’s left in its place is inert, to be sure, but Impolex ekes out stirring whispers of tender masculine grief.
July 12, 2011
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The master here, the man who provides director Alex Ross Perry with the tools, is Luc Moullet. This is less a question of emulation than foundation (further foundations: as a final half-joke, the film ends with a bibliography that includes, amongst a list of World War II-related research materials, Gravity’s Rainbow), and the cornerstones seem to be Moullet’s A Girl Is a Gun (for its approach to a genre) and The Smugglers (for its back-and-forth plot and settings).
September 09, 2009
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