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also known as Klub odlozenych | The Club of the Laid Off

Club of the Discarded1989

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  • 4.1
A warehouse full of disfigured mannequins springs to life as a streetcar rumbles by. They’re creatures of habit but the daily routine is overturned by the arrival of a new crate of punkish statues. Czech animator Jiří Barta's brilliant choreography holds a cracked mirror up to our own learned behaviors. Mannequins have long fired the surrealist imagination but rarely with such sustained fascination.

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Fantastic! Brilliant audio, dynamic camera angles, the pacing and repetition mesmerize. We see a raw and pure reflection of ourselves in the mannequins disjointed humanity, their perverse yet mundane movements highlighting the relative futility of existence. I was beyond excited when the cyber-punk mannequins entered the scene and got the party started..

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This is crazy cool. The vision first and then execution, the setting, the creaks and thuds, the punks, the pans and stubby hands, the crouching and tripping and repetition, the time it must have taken. The mannequins, for god’s sake. Strangely sexy. If this had been described to me I would have thought pretentious precious bullshit. But this is beautiful, brilliant!

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Fantastic! Brilliant audio, dynamic camera angles, the pacing and repetition mesmerize. We see a raw and pure reflection of ourselves in the mannequins disjointed humanity, their perverse yet mundane movements highlighting the relative futility of existence. I was beyond excited when the cyber-punk mannequins entered the scene and got the party started..

3 members like this review
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The mannequins are us. We get up, kiss the family, go to work, over and over. Our lives are determined by our tasks. Things get along pretty well, but when new "persons" arrive, there is conflict because at our level, there are not enough jobs/food/shelter for everyone, and like confined rats, we become aggressive in defending our "lives."

Or maybe the message is that these dummies are just like us, except they have more parts missing. Maybe if they and we had all out parts in good repair, there might not be much difference between us. The film doesn't rate very high on entertainment value, but there is room for thought. Like those chess pieces: they didn't get used, did they? Maybe we are robots when all we do is follow routines , sustain our existence and defend our place, but don't bother with "thinking?"

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frightful insight . . .

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This is unlike anything I have seen lately and it is totally worth watching!

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Should this play before or after William Lustig's Maniac? IDK but I like it.

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Surreal and poetic. A great meditation on daily life.

this is brilliant! should make for some interesting dream material...

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truly enjoyed it.

This is awesome! I wish I had the imagination!