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The Congress

Director: Ari Folman, Main Cast: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Paul Giamatti;

The Congress

Robin Wright, who is growing old and whose star is fading, receives a final offer from her movie studio (miramount, really?!): being “digitalized” and stopping performing for an audience. She accepts in order to care for her younger son, who is becoming deaf and blind.  Fast-forward to 20 years in the future, Robin is going to the titular Congress in toontown to re-negotiate her contract, and here the bad acid trip starts. The animation is “vintage”, reminding of Steamboat Willie and Betty Boop, and the story progresses a tad too slowly. Folman uses Lem’s idea of a chemical compound that once taken allows one to be whoever/whatever, wherever one wants to be. The final twist reveals a dystopian reality that could have been explored more in depth. Interesting premise but it doesn’t deliver — 6/10

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