Monday, November 25, 2013

Thantomorphose (“becoming death”)


(2013) ****

Laura, a struggling artist who is in a relationship with a verbally and sexually abusive, drunken man, wakes up one morning after a night of rough sex and realizes that she hates her life.  With the loss of her job and the threat of eviction she becomes a recluse.  Noticing a small bruise on her arm she thinks nothing of it.  What follows is a grueling cinematic exercise as Laura, who probably has been ‘dead’ on the inside for years, slowly begins to decompose before our eyes for an hour and forty-five minutes.  Wondering around her apartment nude she attempts to keep herself together through any means including thread, duct tape, etc.


Not for the feint of heart (I seem to say that a lot) Thantomorphose is a fascinating exercise in loneliness and the loss of one’s soul.  As Laura slowly loses her mind she literally falls apart before our eyes with disgusting visuals that include every fluid contained in the human body.  The metaphor works well.


5 comments:

DCD said...

GAH! I'm glad you enjoyed it(based on your rating), but no thank you!

Octopunk said...

Yowza! That seems amazing, thoughtful, and gross. You really found some weirdos this year.

AC said...

sounds great, but i know my limits!

Crystal Math said...

Excellent, poignant review! I know this one had a powerful effect on you as you haven't stopped talking about it for the past few weeks. Sounds like the perfect movie for me to kick off Horrorthon '14 with!

Catfreeek said...

Woah JPX you have truly outdone yourself this year. Where the hell did you find this? You have amazed me with your choices this year. Applause!