Sunday, August 12, 2012

David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis

Cosmopolis is David Cronenberg's new film starring Robert Pattinson. It opens in Los Angeles and New York on August 17th and nationwide August 24th.

I was invited to a screening last week. The film is extremely challenging for the viewer. It moves at an incredibly slow pace and the action mostly happens either off screen or in it's periphery. Robert Pattinson plays a currency speculator who, to my mind, is completely isolated from the world and longs to reconnect.

The entire film takes place in one day. Our main character has chosen to get a hair cut across town, that town being New York, and with the president in town and a celeb funeral, the journey takes all day. He travels in the back of his custom white limo and is joined throughout the trip by various colleagues and attendants.

The whole thing reminded me of a young man on a journey of discovery. Siddhartha in the modern age, maybe .I recommend this for extremely patient film goers, who enjoy unraveling a riddle with their film going.

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