EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|CORROBOREE (director/writer: Ben Hackworth; screenwriter: Peter Savieri; cinematographer: Katie Milwright; editor: Cindy Clarkson; music: Robert Mackenzie; cast: Conor O'Hanlon (Conor), Rebecca Frith (Dr. Elsja), Natasha Herbert (Lena), Ian Scott (Director, Joe), Margaret Mills (Anne), Susan Lyons (Verna); Runtime: 95; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Matteo Bruno; IFC Films; 2007-Australia)|
|"I never could warm up
to its aesthete murkiness, as it kept things
purposely weird and not fully revealing."
by Dennis Schwartz
The title is derived from a form of sacred rights
performed by Australian Aborigines to acknowledge
big life events. The word was coined by European
settlers. This pretentious mysterious drama explores
an Alice in Wonderland-like journey of
self-discovery. It marks the directorial debut of
An acclaimed dying
theater director named Joe (Ian Scott) reenacts key
moments from his life at the lush country estate
that serves as a meditation retreat, where he has
come to spend his last days. His usual actresses will
portray characters from the director's past,
beginning with his childhood and into his young
adulthood and finally his middle age. The star of
the production is a
young hunky actor named Conor (Conor O'Hanlon), who
we follow traveling there by bus in the pic's
opening. Conor's been recruited by the director to
play him and receives his cues via pre-recorded messages.
Other than that Conor is clueless to what's going
down (like the viewer) but gets into the production
with a little help from the actresses, as he appears
in various rooms at specific time periods with the
five different actresses.
The off-beat experimental
film should appeal to the art-house crowd. It looked
to me like a film school project, trying hard to be
something radically different and catchy. It's a
film that thinks of itself as profound, but I found
it only impenetrable. I
never could warm up to its aesthete murkiness or its
oft-putting meanderings, as it kept things purposely
weird and not fully revealing. Whatever profundity
might have been there eluded me, as I never could
care about any of the characters and lost
concentration early on. It was just not my kind of
film, which doesn't necessarily mean it's
terrible--just that I didn't care for it.
REVIEWED ON 5/20/2013 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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