Based on a Danish radio serial. Animated film in which comedian Anders Matthesen speaks all the voices. (there's also an English language version with UK actors). Uncle Stewart has the best one-liners. The bullying aspect felt realistic, although very offensive to fat people. The over the top ending in the woods was a bit implausible. The satire about parents constantly smoking and saying no to everything amused me.
The wonderful soundtrack deserved a better film. The editing has its moments such as the cut from the bathtub water to the French shore line. There’s a scene in the club when the camera does a complete 360. I like the setting, but the story is mediocre and shallow. Jerome Benton is moderately amusing as a Chris Tucker-esque sidekick, although the rivalry between him and Prince over the girl felt a bit forced. Kristin Scott Thomas was a beauty in 1986. Her scenes with Prince were not as strong as they should have been. The ending gave me goosebumps because of what transpired this year.
Could be David Cronenberg's most important, visionary, and ambitious work. A cult film that is disturbing and visually grotesque, so not for the faint of heart.
Thought-provoking, not least because the film is a window into the future: Freely available information, avatar names, the limits of satisfaction and entertainment, the effects on your surroundings and on the mind of watching violence, sex or torture, and whether entertainment is at the expense of something more worthwhile. Does viewing kill our brain…
A thought-provoking premise and the filmmakers cleverly don't hand you all the answers. Can we live a meaningful life if we only know a small fragment of the world and the rest is off limits? The motivation of the parents is interesting. What do they have to gain from keeping their grown children in captivity? Do they love the kids so much that they can’t let them go? Has the world become so dangerous that they want to protect them…