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Pi1998

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  • 3.7
Max is a genius mathematician who built a supercomputer that provides the key for understanding all existence. Representatives from a Hasidic cabalistic sect and high-powered Wall Street firm hear of the secret and attempt to seduce him.

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Sexual frustration, hidden knowledge, self-harm with power tools - this is like an American Tetsuo, The Iron Man with less gore. A tortured genius seeks a mystical number to solve everything in a chiaroscuro that looks like a grindcore band's t-shirt design. Lots of tortured screaming and sick house beats.

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Sexual frustration, hidden knowledge, self-harm with power tools - this is like an American Tetsuo, The Iron Man with less gore. A tortured genius seeks a mystical number to solve everything in a chiaroscuro that looks like a grindcore band's t-shirt design. Lots of tortured screaming and sick house beats.

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Very artsy, over the top.

Max, a brilliant young mathematician living in New York's Chinatown has an obsession for number theory as it relates to patterns in the stock market. He becomes the prize in a fight between greedy Wall Street thugs and a group of Hasidic Jews who study the Kabbalah and who seek the name of God. Confronting him about his obsession is his Go-playing mentor Sol who attempts to curtail Max's isolating and unhealthy intellectual ambitions. Caught between the Hebrew alphabet and the Fibonacci sequence of spirals (which may or may not explain the secrets of the universe), Max refuses to heed Sol's warning, even though his mental and physical health are suffering. (On a good day, he's a hallucinating paranoiac with cluster headaches.) His social life is suffering too, as evidenced by his smokingly hot neighbor who can't even get him to blink in her direction. Our moody hero is too busy daily lapsing into self-destructive behaviors to bother with anything as trivial as attraction, sex or, God forbid, love. The off-putting high-contrast black and white aesthetic is helped by a rapid and enjoyable pace.