Sunday, February 22, 2009

Like Will Tear Us Apart

Reprise (2006)

Anders Danielson Lie, Espen Kloumon-Hoiner, Viktoria Winge, Henrik Elvestad

The Gist: Two aspiring young writers (Lie and Kloumon-Hoiner) mail their manuscripts off to a publisher at the exact same time. One gets rejected; the other has his book picked up for publication and becomes a minor literary celebrity. He goes slightly crazy and winds up in a psychiatric unit. We meet all their friends, including the disbanded members of a punk rock group called Kommune who had songs with titles like “Fingerfucked by the Prime Minister”. Indeed.

And then what happens?: It mutates into this unpredictable and entertaining mission statement about freeing yourself from the friends you had while you were growing up cause if you don’t they’ll basically destroy you. You’ll never properly mature and you’ll find yourself living up to their expectations of you for the rest of your life. Everything is interspersed with these weird little character asides which don’t necessarily add to the plot but make it all feel much more significant than it probably is. It actually sits quite comfortably next to the recent man-centric comedies like Knocked Up and Pineapple Express, except it throws up references to Heidegger and made up authors like Stein Egil Dahl instead of shout-outs to Eric Bana and Godspeed You Black Emperor.

See it for: The constant sense of unease you feel in the presence of the Phillip character. You think he’s on the verge of a splattery suicide at pretty much every moment.

Level of Crazy: 7. Like biting into a candy-coated lemon.

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