Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Aftermath/Genesis


Just finished watched Aftermath/Genesis by Nacho Cerdà. The DVD is actually three short films, The Awakening, Aftermath and Genesis, which are somewhat linked thematically.

I'm not sure exactly what to say in regard to them. Let me make my attempt, first off Mr. Cerdà is an excellent filmmaker. The visual composition and rhythm of all three is truly tremendous. Like few things I've seen before.

So, recommendation? Well, yeah, obviously, definitely, but...

But...

Well, recommending this set is definitely all about Aftermath. It's the centerpiece of the disk, the most, well, infamous of the films. It's the best of the three. It's also about a morgue worker defiling corpses in some degree of graphic detail. Silently, almost beautifully, while orchestral music plays softly. If you can handle that, then this is a very compelling and well-made film. I can't recommend it enough.

If not, well, I can almost recommend just watching the other two to see what a great filmmaker he is. Genesis certainly has a lot going for it, the same haunted beauty without the graphic horror, just some blood. It's a story about love, death and art and a beautiful one at that.

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