IndieFest 2014: Opening Night Film – Ari Folman’s “The Congress”

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five-starsLofty. Ambitious. Harrowing. Ari Folman‘s follow-up to his groundbreaking documentary Waltz with Bashir embodies these three adjectives in ways few others can.

To even hint at what lies in store for you, narratively speaking, would do a disservice to the entire experience of watching Robin Wright play a bizarro version of herself. Even if I were to describe this film as The Matrix meets Who Framed Roger Rabbit meets Synecdoche, New York meets Pink Floyd’s The Wall I still wouldn’t have even come close to giving anything away. You can watch the trailer (after the jump) and think you’ll know what you’re in for, but trust me, you don’t.

Here’s what I will say, science fiction as equally visually astounding as they are cerebral don’t come around all that often, so when they do one shouldn’t walk, but rather run to the theatre as soon as humanly possible, unless of course you have a predisposed hatred for all things animated, regardless of how fitting its context within the film’s reality may be.

Showtimes and trailer after jump

Showtimes for The Congress: Thursday, February 6th 7:00pm (Brava Theatre – 2781 24th Street)

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