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Praticamente apolide, figlio di Ebrei russi cresciuto in America Latina,
USA ed Europa, clown, marionettista e mimo,
proviene dal teatro surrealista (Arrabal) di cui ha trasferito sullo schermo
l'insistenza simbolica e la visionaria ambiguita` dal teatro surrealista (Arrabal) di cui ha trasferito sullo schermo
l'insistenza simbolica e la visionaria ambiguita`.
Fando y Lis (1968) e` una parabola onirica, violenta e delirante,
tratta da Arrabal.
Una coppia di giovani, una paralitica e un religioso,
vaga nei gironi infernali di un incubo (mucchi di rifiuti, carogne), torturata
fino alla morte dalla realta` di una totale decadenza morale.
El Topo/ The Mole (1970) e` un western dell'assurdo, epico e magico, che ha
per protagonista un indomito cavaliere che sacrifica la propria vita nella
lotta contro il male.
Un uomo sul cavallo nel deserto con un bambino nudo. E` vestito di nero e
la faccia e` sempre in ombra. Si ferma, gli consegna
alcuni regali e suona il flauto mentre lui li seppellisce nella sabbia
Poi si rimettono in cammino. Arrivano a un villaggio distrutto. Il minuscolo
rio e` rosso di sangue. Ci sono corpi sventrati dappertutto. Entrano in
una chiesa e trovano decine di impiccati. Chiazze di sangue sulle mura.
Un superstite rantola e lo supplica di ucciderlo.
Tre mattacchioni gli galoppano intorno ridendo come degli ossessi.
Lui continua imperturbabile a passo lento e maestoso.
Si fermano presso un'oasi, lo affrontano... il cavaliere nero e` piu` rapido
ne uccide due e fa confessare al terzo dove si trova il capo dei banditi.
Questi e` uno psicotico che e` piombato su una missione, ha fatto appendere
i frati al muro e ha massacrato i peones. Quattro banditi straccioni
costringono i frati a ballare con loro. Li denudano e li seviziano, mentre
altri ammazzano peones a casaccio.
Lasciano invece in pace una donna, che e` stata prescelta dal capo.
Si prostrano davanti al capo come animali. Il capo concede loro di baciare
la donna, le fa mostrare loro il seno. In quel momento irrompe il cavaliere
nero, che li disarma e libera i frati.
Sfida il capo dei banditi in un duello e lo umilia. I banditi adesso gioiscono
come dei bambini: tengono fermo il loro capo mentre il cavaliere lo castra.
Il capo poi si spara con un fucile.
Gi altri banditi vengono avvolti in sacchi e fucilati dal popolo.
Il cavaliere scaccia il bambino, che trova rifugio presso i frati, e si
rimette in viaggio portando con se` la donna. Si ferma a suonare il flauto
nei pressi di un lago. Poi s'inoltra dinuovo nel deserto.
Lui trova l'acqua in una roccia, ma poi non la trovano piu`.
Quando lei si sta disperando, lui la spoglia violentemente, e finalmente
lei riesce a far sgorgare l'acqua da una roccia.
Lei gli chiede di dimostrargli il suo amore trovando i "master" del deserto.
Ne trovano uno in una torre da cui risuonano canti buddisti,
protetta da uno storpio portato a braccia da uno schiavo.
Il guru e` cieco, immune alle pallottole. Lui, istigato dalla donna, lo sfida.
Vince il duello e uccide il guru epoi deve uccidere tutti i suoi servi,
compreso lo storpio, mentre la donna ride divertita. La donna lo incita a
cercare gli altri tre "master".
Una ragazza, anche lei vestita di nero, gli si presenta e gli offre di
portarlo dal secondo master. Il secondo guru, che ha un leone e una donna
che squittisce come una scimmia, e` piu` veloce
di lui e lo disarma. Gli da` una sonora lezione, ma poi lo bacia sulla bocca.
Gli volta pero` le spalle e il cavaliere nero ne approfitta per ucciderlo.
Le due donne lottano selvaggiamente, ma quella in nero le lecca le ferite e
Il terzo guru vive circondato da conigli, ma le bestie muoiono l'una dopo
l'altra all'arrivo del cavaliere. Il terzo guru non solo e` piu` veloce
ma lo ferisce anche. Il cavaliere riesce comunque a ucciderlo.
L'epopea nel deserto continua, nonostante le tensioni fra le due donne.
Il cavaliere va a sfidare il quarto guru, ma questi rifiuta di usare la pistola
e lo sfida a pugni. Quando lui, disperato, impugna la pistola, scopre che
la rete per le farfalle del guru e` capace di intercettare e rimbalzare le
pallottole. Per convincerlo che la sua missione e` insensata, il guru si
Il cavaliere distrugge la torre nel deserto. La donna lo congratula ma lui la
Attraversa un canyon su un ponte. Gli si para davanti l'altra ragazza che gli
spara. Lui non oppone resistenza. La ragazza lascia scegliere alla sua donna,
e lei spara al cavaliere. Le due donne se ne vanno a cavallo.
Alcuni storpi vengono a raccattare il suo cadavere e a dargli sepoltura.
In una grande caverna vive un guru dalla folta capigliatura bionda
(che potrebbe essere il cavaliere tanti anni dopo).
Una donna gli dice che lo ha accudito fin da quando era bambina e che gli
anziani confidano in lui per "liberarli".
Lo conduce fra la folla che vive in quella caverna.
Si fa radere la testa e promette al suo popolo che fara` scavare un tunnel
e che il tunnel dara` loro la liberta`.
Si fa accompagnare da una nana nella vicina cittadina, dove marchiano gli
schiavi in una specie di stadio sotto gli occhi delle borghesi lussuriose.
I borghesi maschi si contengono invece una ragazza nuda mentre
alcuni uomini vengono sommariamente giustiziati dallo sceriffo.
Per le strade del paese passa una straordinaria processione.
I bambini attorniano il guru che finge di essere un comico e raccoglie
Le anziane e grasse borghesi si fanno curare seminude
da un nero prestante nel suo studio di bellezza. Gli si avventano addosso e
se lo contendono come tigri.
La nana comincia a dubitare che vivere nel mondo sia meglio che vivere nella
caverna, ma il guru comincia a scavare il tunnel.
Un frate, appaena tornato in paese, presenzia a una messa
che culmina con una roulette russa in cui la gente
preme il grilletto e poi grida al miracolo per non essere morta.
Offrono la pistola
anche a lui e il prete gli mormora che la pallottola e` falsa. Lui la
sostituisce con una vera pallottola e passa la pistola in giro finche' uno
Il guru e la nana continuano a esibirsi per qualche spicciolo e a compiere
i lavori piu` umili. Lo ingaggiano in un night club decadente, dove le notte
sono sdraiate nude. Li invitano a spogliarsi e a fare l'amore sotto i loro
Il guru e la nana vanno a trovare il frate e a chiedergli di sposarli.
Ma il frate riconosce nel guru il suo master, tira fuori una rivoltella e
tenta di ucciderlo.
La nana gli fa scudo con il suo corpo e spiega al frate che il guru li sta
aiutando. Il frate si scopre essere il cavaliere.
Il frate-cavaliere concede al guru di vivere fino a quando avra` ultimato il
tunnel. Il guru chiede al cavaliere di aiutarli a scavare cosi` finiranno prima.
Il cavaliere si arrenderebbe, ma il guru persevera e alla fine riesce a
completare l'opera. Il cavaliere non trova la forza di uccidere il suo
Il popolo delle caverne, quasi tutti storpi, puo` finalmente riversarsi nella
pianura, ma i bravi cittadini, e le grasse borghesi in prima fila, li attendono
con i fucili in mano.
Li massacrano senza pieta`, mentre la nana ha le doglie.
Il guru arriva troppo tardi e puo` soltanto straziarsi.
I cittadini lo crivellano di colpi, ma lui continua ad avanzare. Imbraccia
a sua volta un fucile e si mette a sparare all'impazzata. Quelli che scampano
abbandonano il paese.
Poi il guru si da` fuoco. Il cavaliere e la nana s'incamminano a cavallo,
con il neonato.
Film anche troppo palesemente mitologico, straripante di riferimenti biblici,
pecca di voler dire troppo con troppo poco.
Piu` che dal racconto la suggestione viene dai paesaggi metafisici del deserto
(e dal continuo sibilare del vento).
Il pellegrinaggio del cavaliere nero nel deserto assomiglia alle
peregrinazioni dei personaggi di Tarkovsky nella "Zone".
Holy Mountain (1973),
centered around the pilgrimage of a mythological Thief who looks a lot like
loosely based on Rene Daumal's novel "Mt Analogue",
is an esoteric parable taunted with sarcastic humor and drenched in a
hallucinated landscape. The component of mystical yearning is underwhelming
if not totally ridiculous; as a universal allegory on the human fate
(coming five years after Kubrick's 2001), the
film fares even worse. It succeeds, instead, as a chaotic surrealist carnival of
madness that weds a Bosch-like medieval hell and
Latin American social documentaries of the time,
Fellini's 8 1/2 and constructivist collage of the 1920s,
Bunuel's Simon of the Desert and Tarkovsky's Stalker,
a psychedelic version of Kubrick's cosmological meditation
a grotesque indictment of Western materialism, consumerism and militarism.
The theme can be summarized as the pilgrimage of a sinner to a destination
that would represent his salvation but actually represents the insignificance
of human life; and the same destiny is amplified in the trek of the nine
to meet nine sages who turn out to be the nine pilgrims themselves (seven of
which represent the legendary vices of humankind).
The first half is hardly spoken, the second half is annoyingly verbose,
although it does mix elements of dadaistic cabaret and
Brecht-ain agitprop theater in an original manner.
Nudity abounds, for reasons that are probably mostly decorative.
Visually, the wildly polychromatic scenography prevails over the poorly scripted
narrative (not to mention the horribly cheesy dialogues).
At its best this film stages a viscerally baroque phantasmagoria that delivers
a visual and semiotic overload.
The vice-ridden city and the shaman-infested landscape that surrounds it
are containers of symbols drawn from Christianity, Buddhism, tarots, Kabalah, etc.
A priest officiates a mass (we hear the murmur of the choir and then the
growling of a Tibetan-like chant). He shaves and undresses two women.
A man, introduced as the Thief,
lies half naked in a pool of urine, his body being chewed by millions of
flies, and guarded by a puma.
A leg-less and arm-less dwarf and a crowd of naked laughing children carry
him away and hang him on a cross;
but he gets down and scares them away like a wild beast.
This long-haired man, vaguely resembling Jesus, and the cripple smoke a joint
Then they enter the city, where some kind of parade is going on.
Soldiers, wearing gas masks, execute prisoners, young men and women.
The aristocracy kneels in front of a religious procession that carries
skinned lambs instead of flags.
The firing squad shoots the dead men and a crowd surrounds them.
Birds fly out of a dead man's chest.
One of the soldiers rapes a well-dressed woman who doesn't seem to mind.
A bizarrely-dressed tourist (possibly her husband)
films the rape and asks the Thief to film him
as he hugs the rapist and the woman, the couple behaving as if they were
attending a folkloristic show during an exotic holiday.
In the main square a medieval-like show is being enacted in a miniature
city of Mayan pyramids: "The Conquest of Mexico", with
toads playing the role of armored Spanish soldiers.
The Thief quacks. An explosion destroys the set.
The Thief quacks arond the ruins.
A nun directs fat Roman centurions (who are eating the internal organs of a
bull, one of them even sitting inside the hull of the bull) to escort the
Thief carrying the cross while the foreign tourist films the scene.
Instead of killing the Thief, they force him to drink until he
They lie him down unconscious in the position of a crucified person
and the nun spreads some pig fluid on him. They use his body to make a cast
from which they produce hundreds of identical naked Jesus-like mannequins.
When the Thief wakes up and finds himself
surroundewd by hundreds of "clones", he beats up the centurions and went on
a rampage destroying as many of the mannequins as he can, and eventually
carrying one away.
A group of prostitutes wearing revealing miniskirts starts following the still
naked Thief (who is still carrying a naked mannequin) and the Dwarf.
One of the prostitutes has washed the Thief's feet and has a chimp who frolics
around her like a child.
Men dance with the soldiers of the firing squad.
In a church a priest, who also speaks only in animal growls, gives him a real
The Thief hangs it to balloons that fly away.
The Thief, the Prostitute and the chimp reach a place where townfolks are
assembled around a giant orange tower. Someone at the top lowers a piece of
gold. The Thief immediately grabs the rope and uses it to climb up the tower.
He finds a large hole protected by a white diaphragm. He
jumps through the white membrane and finds a temple of sorts in which a
man dressed in white (the Alchemist of the first scene) is flanked by two goats.
The Alchemist moves like a robot.
The Thief attacks him with a knife but the Alchemist easily repels his attack
with judo-like moves.
The Alchemist then hypnotizes the Thief and his robot-like black servant,
a Nubian-looking woman whose body is covered with Jewish symbols,
the Written Woman,
cuts a tumor from his neck while he is unconscious.
The Alchemist wakes up the Thief and ironically offers him gold, which the
Thief is eager to obtain. Instead the Alchemist and his assistant
wash him in a pool (where a hippo is also bathing) and gives him a gift:
trapped in a glass enclosure, while the Written Woman plays the cello,
the Thief is subjected to some kind of alchemical ritual whose result is
a giant mirror. The Thief, now fully covered in a black cape,
smashes the mirror.
Also dressed in black and acting as his mirror image,
the Alchemist helps the Thief crack a stone that contains a soul in the
form of a crystal ball.
The world spins around a tantric symbol.
The Alchemist leads the Thief into
a round room whose walls are covered with large childish paintings of the
12 Tarot cards.
The music changes to Indian.
The Thief doesn't even look while the priest places objects around him,
including a crusaders' sword, each symbolizing a virtue.
The robotic Written Woman brings a bull.
The paintings are suddenly replaced by seven statues of naked peopole,
each representing a planet and a vice. The Alchemist calls them the most
powerful thieves in the world. They are all selfish greedy disreputable
capitalists and the film introduces
them one by one in orgiastic and parodistic settings.
The one from Venus made money in the textile industry.
His father is blind, deaf and mute, and is always accompanied by the mummified
body of his dead wife, escorted by young sexy nurses in miniskirts.
Venus has hundreds of wives, all dressed identical. His factory makes
plastic clothes and masks.
The one from Mars sells weapons. She (dressed like a man) has an army of
drag queens (men dressed like women).
His company experiments with drugs that incite peaceful people to violence.
Jupiter makes artistic objects, helped by his sexy lover and assistant. He
created an erotic machine, a giant vagina that can reach the orgasm if
excited with a giant plastic phallus.
His lover succeeds where his chaffeur has failed.
The orgasm makes the machine give birth to a wailing baby machine.
A silent scene shows the generals welcoming a female clown, Saturn, who changes
clothes and removes the make-up to reveal a stern female businesswoman who is
escorted to visit her factory.
A computer is used to determine what toys to make in order to instill
hatred into children. The workers of her factory are all elderly men.
Uranus is a lazy effeminate boy cuddled by his
old fat mother. Despite their depraved private life, the pair turn themselves
into a sort of queen and a distinguished
economic advisor when they meet with the president of their country.
The advisor proudly suggests to kill 4 million citizens within 5 years.
Neptune is a police chief, who collects testicles for an odd esoteric ritual.
We see images of police massacres after which police officers disembowel the
cadavers and find all sorts of objects and animals inside their bellies.
Pluto is an architect,
haunted in his maze by children wearing Mickey Mouse masks.
This long parenthesis is interrupted by
a helicopter, hovering over the giant orange tower.
The Alchemist gathers the seven capitalists, the Thief and the Written Woman
for a lecture (including slide presentation)
on the nine immortals who live on top of the holy mountain.
The priest claims to know how to steal from them the secret of immortality.
The seven capitalists burn all their money in a pit prepared by the priest
(the Thief tries to keep a couple of banknotes but is derided by everybody
The priest leads their long trek to the holy mountain through
pompous mystical declarations and obscure rituals of union with nature.
The event that stands out is when a shaman announces that one of them
has drowned. Each takes turn at looking inside a
pot full of water and each sees himself/herself reflected in the water.
Nonetheless this abstract drowned being is buried in a hole in the ground
with accompaniment of a fanfare.
The chimp and the Prostitute are among the mourners.
Finally they reach a wharf, and a group of children and women run screaming
They board a boat and start paddling across the lake.
The Thief is instructed to throw his crippled friend in the water to prove
it is just an hallucination, and we see him mimicking the act of throwing someone into the ocean but there is nobody in his hands.
They are welcomed to a town's party, being held at the "Pantheon Bar" that
has a copy of Rodin's sculpture "The Thinker",
replete with a
circus of psychedelic and supernatural performers.
Chained to each other, dressed in blue suits, and holding a tiger on leash,
they advance through a lush landscape. The group seems to be affected by
nightmares: one of the women drowns in sperm, one of the men succumbs to
a slot machine endlessly spitting coins, another one is covered in tarantulas,
another one drinks from the cheetah-shaped nipples of an aging hermaphrodite,
Finally they are approaching the top of the mountain, and the Alchemist declares
that his mission is over and instructs them to behead him
with a giant sword... but his head turns into a lamb and he laughs at the
executioner. The chimp and the Prostitute have followed them up the mountain
and the Alchemist instructs the Thief marry the Prostitute.
No longer chained, the blue men reach a white table around which are white
cloaked figures only one of which is a man: the Alchemist himself.
The camera zooms back and reveals the setting of the film.
The Alchemist is the filmmaker himself.
The actors leave the set and return to real life.
(See also this article that has a lot more details and may correct some mistakes of mine)
La Danza de la Realidad/ Dance of Reality (2013), the first film
in 22 years, is Jodorowski's autobiographical testament, the serious, pensive
equivalent of Federico Fellini's Amacord, littered with references to
Tod Browning's cripples,
but actually more similar to
Theo Angelopoulos' historical frescoes, recreations of Ulysses' journey,
a complex maze of personal mythology with a powerful ending
that buries the whole story into layers of symbols.
The story is narrated by an old melancholy man dressed in black.
The films opens with the image of the entrance of a circus.
Then we see poor people marching in a wasteland, holding umbrellas.
A young, effeminate, long-haired teenager, Alejandro, lives in the circus.
Clowns perform in the circus where the audience is masked.
He runs to the beach and throws stones at the giant waves to prove that he is not a faggot. Lots of fish die, birds attack him.
The kid runs to the old man (presumably the same person many decades later), who hugs him.
People cheer that there are so many dead fish on the beach.
The kid's father pees on a radio (placed in the toilet) until it breaks.
The kid tries to comfort a crippled miner, who lost his hands in an accident,
but his father attacks the cripple and kicks him away.
His mother sings her own story like an opera soprano.
Her father died tragically and she got pregnant right afterwards, therefore
she believes that Alejandro is the reincarnation of her father.
Outside a dwarf is whipping a bag on the floor. His father is attacked by
a mob of cripples.
Alejandro's father is a brute who is fed up with the kid's effeminate manners,
his wife's delusional imagination and the cripples of the town.
He drags the kid to the barber shop to cut his hair... but the barber simply
pulls out the blonde wig that is on the kid's head, and then the wig dissolves
in the hand of the barber.
The mother (who always sings her lines) is heartbroken and now rejects the kid.
Outside the dwarf is knifing a puppet.
His father tickles his feet with a feather and demands that he doesn't laugh;
and then he wants the kid to withstand pain.
Meanwhile all the cripples get arrested by the police and loaded on a truck.
The father even challenges his son to get a dentist's operation without
The father is now proud of his son.
A half-naked Buddhist confronts the kid at the beach, a well-known madman,
Theosophist, who takes him to see the cable cars that carry precious minerals,
and compares them to the bodies that carry souls.
The madman gives him religious medals.
Her mother runs a shop of women's underwear (with a giant portrait of Stalin
on the wall) and his father is turned on by
the perfume. He takes her from behid in the shop and the kid arrives just then.
At home the father confiscates the medals and throws them into the toilet
repeating to the kid that God does not exist.
At night the kid hears that his father is leaving the house and follows him
to a place where people have fun. He meets the
fat prostitute Rosita, who is in love with him.
The father then walks into a meeting of communists and homosexuals, who
treat him like a boss. He asks everybody to destroy their identity
documents, and tells them not to call him Jodorowski.
His father is also a member of the fire brigade and decides that his son
has to become their mascot. The kid is not happy but then his father lets
him have bright red shooes that make him very happy.
The kid donates the shoes to a poor shoe-shiner child, Carlito,
who doesn't have shoes. His father gets angry and demands that he gets
his shoes back. But Carlito has drowned after slipping down from the cliff
of the beach, and that was because of the red shoes.
The schoolchildren briefly mourn the dead child, then they grab cobs that
look like penises and pretend to masturbate. The kid is desperate and
tries to jump from the cliff, but the old narrator stops him and talks
about the distant future, when they both will be just memories, non real.
The fire brigade is summoned to put off a fire. His father runs to the
fire truck. The kid runs after him and insists on joining the rescue
operation. When the fire subsides, they realize that one fireman is
missing and they find his carbonized body in the ruins of the house.
The father forces the kid to look at the disgusting flesh.
At night the firemen hold a funeral procession. The audience is wearing
skull masks. The kid has a nightmare: he imagines being inside the casket
with the decomposing corpse. His father is embarrassed that he ruined the
procession and the following morning, when the kid wakes up,
calls him a coward and burns the mascot's uniform.
The father fears that the other firemen will think that the father is a coward too.
The people hiding under umbrellas of the second scene appear descending
the mountain behind the village. The mayor is informed that these are
people infected with the plague and orders the evacuation of the
village. Panic spreads in town. The police sets up barriers to keep
the nomads out of town. They demand water but nobody has the guts to
carry water to them. The father volunteers in order to prove how
courageous he is. He drives his his donkey cart into the crowd and
delivers the water.
But the crowd behaves like animals: they slaughter his donkeys and
eat the flesh.
The father walks home infected with the plague.
The authorities wants to burn down the whole house in order to avoid that
the sick man spreads the infection.
The singing wife prays God and urinates on him and heals him.
The moment he regains his wits the father, cheered by his communist comrades, decides to to assassinate the dictator.
A fellow communist demands the honor and the father hands him the gun.
The plan is to shoot the dictator at a gun show.
When the dictator arrives, and the nuns intone the national anthem,
the fellow communist faces the dictator
and pulls the trigger but the gun fails.
The father jumps in front of the fellow communist and pretends to save the
life of the dictator, who has not moved one step.
The fellow communist commits suicide and the father is hired by the
dictator to work in his stables.
He is taking the job of an old man who is about to die.
One night the father digs the grave for the old man, who then walks into
it and lies down and asks the father to start pouring in the dirt.
The father tricks the dictator into the stables and then pulls out the gun,
but at that point his hands become paralyzed.
The dictator doesn't realize what has happened and gives the father a lot
of money but the dictator, still stunned by the miracle,
lets all the banknotes fly away in the sky.
Meanwhile, the kid wakes up after another nightmare (told by the old
narrator who appears behind the bed)
The singing mother paints his face black so that he can hide in the dark.
She gets naked and plays "hide and seek" with her, and then they dance together.
In the street the kid meets Lucho, the twin brother of Carlito, who accuses
the kid of being responsible for Carlito's death.
Lucho is a shoe-shiner too. The kid follows him in a bar where the adults
force them to fight. They hold the kid and let Lucho punch him in the face.
The kid walks home bleeding. Later she walks naked into the same bar and
walks around the patrons who can't see her.
The following morning she takes the kid to the beach. She is convinced that
the father is not dead. The half-naked madman gives them balloons.
She ties a stone to the balloons and releases it in the air, sure that the
balloons will find the father. They do: the stone drops on the roof of the house
where the father lives with another woman, his hands still paralyzed.
The noise wakes him up. He can't remember where he is and why he is there.
He lvies in a very poor shack. When he walks outside, he is attacked by
a pack of dogs.
The poor woman is desperate: she found him wandering in the street and she
took him for her husband and was happy to finally have a husband in her
But she knew that some day he would regain his memory and leave her,
and wrote him a heartbreaking letter.
She hangs herself. The other people of the slum call him "murderer".
He starts walking towards home. He begs a priest for help but the priest only
gives his a tarantula. He tries to steal food from schoolgirls but his hands
are paralyzed and they beat him up.
He sleeps in the streets. He begs a good old carpenter for work and becomes his
apprentice, despite his hands being paralyzed.
They happily work together and the old carpenter gives him
all the money he can. They make chairs as a gift to a church and join
the mass in the church.
They all jump together 26 times to thank God and the carpenter dies of
a heart attack. The priest interprets it as the most beautiful death,
and then proceeds to collect money from the faithful while the dead
carpenter still lies on the floor. The father donates all the money
that he received from the old carpenter and walks out of the church,
his hands still paralyzed. Outside he joins a group of nazists but
he cannot extend the hand because it is paralyzed. The nazist commander
thinks that he wants to make fun of them and orders the others to beat
him up. The father is surrounded but manages to beat them up and forces
them to bless the name of the carpenter.
However, he is arrested and taken to a room where men dressed
in suit and tie like businessmen torture him with electricity, shit and
water. They want to know who is the person that he worships, and the
father keeps giving senseless answers: your brother, your father, your son, you.
They think he is protecting a communist.
Eventually, he is abandoned naked in a room:
the communist rebels have conquered the building.
The dictator fled the country. The father finally remembers his family
and is dispatched back to his village in an ambulance.
He cries in front of his wife and son after showing them his paralyzed
hands that could not kill the dictator, proof that he himself is a coward.
The wife puts giant portraits of the dictator and of Stalin next to each
other and sings to him that
the dictator, Stalin and him shared the life of a tyrant. He screams
in pain, and cries like a repenting sinner. She hands him a gun and he
points it at the two portraits. He shoots at his own portrait standing
on top of the other two, and all portraits catch fire. His hands are healed.
Later an older, gray-haired father and his family are shown on a ship.
The child, dressed in a communist uniform, marches on the pier amid a gallery
of mannequins representing all the characters of the film.
The child between his parents on the ship is watching himself on the pier
amid the mannequins as the ship sails away. Then suddenly the child is
in the arms of the old narrator and the big ship has turned into a small
motorboat that is rocking in the vast sea, with a skeleton hanging next
to the narrator. And then the child disappears and there is only the old
narrator meditating on the human condition, that only the wind remains,
the wind that also propels the boat away.
Poesia sin Fin/ Endless Poetry (2016)
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