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A nearly wordless visual narrative intercuts two main stories and a couple of minor ones. A woman, perhaps the Madonna, brings forth her baby to a crowd of intrusive paparazzi; she tries to flee them. Two men who are lovers marry and are arrested by the powers that be. The men are mocked and pilloried, tarred, feathered, and beaten. Loose in this contemporary world of electrical-power transmission lines is also Jesus. The elements, particularly fire and water, content with political power, which is intolerant and murderous.Written by
I can't really disagree with reviewers who dislike this film. It really isn't for everyone. It's kind of chaotic, and some things really don't work very well, and yet... there's something extraordinary about it: the combination of religious motifs and iconography, the elemental meditative character, the bleak Dungeness landscapes, the sense that the director is really engaging on some deep level with important things. The plot is vaguely connected to the Gospel narrative, and so everything has a symbolic connection to that, and has to be interpreted in relation to that. It all adds up to something extraordinary - yes weird and not altogether coherent, but still fabulous and haunting. A cinematic poem.
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