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The Bothersome Man2006

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Forty year old Andreas arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there. He is presented with a job, an apartment, even a wife. But before long, Andreas notices that something is wrong. Andreas makes an attempt to escape the city but he discovers there's no way out. Andreas meets Hugo, who has found a crack in a wall in his cellar. Beautiful music streams out from the crack. Maybe it leads to "the other side" after all? A new plan for escape is hatched but will they be able to escape from this strange world before they are found out by the strict city's authorities?

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In a world of controlled climate, controlled emotions, controlled existence (where no one dies), someone is going to be unhappy. This fascinating take on a post-Reagan society where unattractive things like emotions and old people are kept hidden is fodder for paranoiacs and libertarians mainly. The rest of us can enjoy the alliterations to "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers" and "Seconds" and groan at he movie's lack of subtlety (that room with the "crack in the wall" and the hundreds of "light bulbs" hanging from the ceiling).

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In a world of controlled climate, controlled emotions, controlled existence (where no one dies), someone is going to be unhappy. This fascinating take on a post-Reagan society where unattractive things like emotions and old people are kept hidden is fodder for paranoiacs and libertarians mainly. The rest of us can enjoy the alliterations to "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers" and "Seconds" and groan at he movie's lack of subtlety (that room with the "crack in the wall" and the hundreds of "light bulbs" hanging from the ceiling).

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Well shot, entertaining, an enjoyable albiet pretty cliche black comedy of a soulless/bureaucratic society. I thought the depiction of the protagonist was interesting, the majority of the film is him pursuing life despite immediately knowing something is "wrong". It seems he would have been content to live forever in this society until his creepy entitlement with a love interest causes him to do something drastic. Good ending.

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And so, the film ends with not even a hint of what was fantasy and what was reality. I could not shake the bewildered feeling from beginnning to end. Vanilla Sky for the connoisseur?

Overall I thought the film was a brilliant poke in the eye or parable about the kind of Orwellian world we are finding ourselves in. Quite a funny coincidence that I had no sooner just viewed the Polish film "Whack-oh" and commented that that film was for me a harking back to times when complaining about the nuisances of life was not only acceptable in polite company but even at times funny for myself and others than I decided to watch "the Bothersome Man." The film by the end seems to make the very same statement: we are no longer free to express our dissatisfaction. The coincidence was just as uncanny as the Bothersome Man is.

There is a lot more to this film being said but for me even better is the way it is said. The movie starts out a bit enigmatically with the main character being taken alone on a somewhat rundown bus out into the middle of what I assume is a kind of Norwegian arctic desert of some sort, a kind of brown grey vegetation-less wasteland to meet with a rather odd sort of employment agent. The agent drives him elsewhere and then the movie pulls away from the weirdness that seems about to set in at the beginning, and we see the main character in his new and mostly regular life as an accountant in some presumably large firm in what seems to be a large Scandanavian city. Despite the banal quality of this guys' new life, the filmakers manage to drop various characters and images that flit around the edges, vaguely odd incidents all of which brilliantly and correctly allude to how weird things will soon become.

The second half of the movie is more like a Bunuel or surrealist film or a Borges short story which then serve to put the movie into symbolic/allegorical overdrive. I really got a kick out of the juxtaposition of these two parts into one film. There's much to think about and ponder in this movie and I will be watching it again in the near future for sure to see what I notice. I will make a note to check the director's other films, he seems to be onto some very interesting ideas.

Just a note--the subtitles for this movie are tiny, so don't expect to lean back on your sofa at a comfortable viewing distance, unless you're using binoculars.

slow not much action, not much dialogue