I would rate this film higher if it would have been made in the fifties and sixties. The most contempary scene in this film, from a political point of view, were two persons collecting bottles. I think Radlmaier knows his filmical experiments about communism are late to the party and he makes fun of himself in the end but he screams into a void nonetheless. We need another kind of political movie right now.
"what I always admired in Godard is how he manages to talk about political and philosophical subjects and at the same time work with burlesque slapstick comedy. I think there’s something that feels very right [about that]. In a way it also creates a playfulness toward reality and oppression." Interview with Julian Radlmaier: https://tinyurl.com/y7jztj5a
A movie without genre, because it refuses to focus on a purpose. Rather, it expresses the roaming of Radlmaier's own mind. That is why the movie is about the universe of its own making. Self-reference taking the place of complexity as the director goes on about he's own process and he's own set of beliefs. With a good eye and some low tempered humour, if the director finds what to say, he might be great.
the approach to the debate is certainly from a privileged situation but there is a critique of that too. the fact that j is himself the protag and is making a film within, adds that layer well. I really also liked the characters at one point saying - thank god, it was just a film, while still being there. the other perspectives are portrayed a bit simplistically but with the honesty of the position being viewed from.
Looks great. Radlmaier def knows how to frame a scene. The mockery of self-serving political cinema is welcome but much of the humor falls flat. The last quarter, the film within a film, drags on forever. It's intentionally indulgent & simpleminded, but that doesn't make it less painful. The layers of self-awareness are fascinating. Bourgeois Dog is an irony onion. Reminded me of Shrek.
As a portrait of a generation of marxists that I feel to belong to, I can't but feel depicted. The belief in a system of values that we assume as impossible - as Zizek puts it, Fukuyama is right in the unconscious level - as well as some contradictory personality traits for a marxist are here exemplary deconstructed with a Deus ex machina mechanism prophetically announced. Contemporary thought lacks faith in itself.
Very smart, funny and honest filmmaking on the impossibility(?) of political cinema today, which will always come from a place of privilege in relation to its subjects. And an absurdist commentary on communism's place in late capitalism (another impossibility?) and the fragmented nature of Marx's legacy, who left us a blueprint based on which multiple versions of communism(s) have been built. Which one do we want?
The first proper FULL feature from director Julian Radlmaier explores politics in a surreal, meta narrative that fans will be familiar with from his other works. It doesn't always work as well as he would like it to, but there's enough here to enjoy and think about, as well as some great humour throughout.
This is one of the best approach to Communism in the film art. Movie is really enjoyable, grotesque presentation of people's dream and pursuit of happiness. Julian Radlmaier's movies get better and better and looking forward to seeing more film art to come !