A satire closer in tone and laughs to Haneke (meaning not a ton), on the absurdities of modern man, culture and art
Cannes Palme D’Or winner in 2017
Feels old already in 2020—references to the ice-bucket challenge, YouTube and Facebook may trap it in 2017
A great frame set-up at 6 minutes with the statue falling outside the museum
Beggars and homeless peppered in the mise-en-scene and in the text, but there’s a scene right out of Bunuel’s playbook with Claes Bang’s Christian buying a homeless person a meal. She wants a chicken ciabatta with no onions (certainly a statement on humanity Bunuel would like) and he orders it with onions and tells her to take it out herself.
151 minutes and there are just long quiet stretches stylistically—doesn’t justify the run time at all
67 minutes a great frame- three windows with Bang in the middle. We go back to it an hour later at 124 minutes
Moments of inspired slapstick lampooning our character and the art world, intellectuals—accidently sweeping up the “garbage” art exhibit”
The famous scene here- the primate exhibit at 105 minutes. Uncomfortable—Haneke and Bunuel—jumping on the table here is great. This is the auteur behind Force Majeure for sure.
A series of disasters in vignette (some land with a thud) form befalling Bang’s Christian—not exactly a likeable protagonist either
Staircase shot over and over
Strong imagery of him sifting through garbage at 126 minutes