Three-in-One

Nov 8, 00:55 by IROSF
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Dec 3, 00:30 by Michael Andre-Driussi
Thanks for the review, a good heads up for me! I'm a fan of Gondry's work, especially the shorter forms of music videos. The full length feature "Eternal Sunshine" was very good, but I was less enthusiastic about "The Science of Sleep."

I am very happy with Gondry's segment for "Tokyo!" and 40 minutes might well be his optimal length. Strangely enough, it seemed much longer than 40 minutes -- it somehow expanded in a pleasant way into nearly a full-length feature of 60 minutes! (Such that I honestly supposed that the other two directors would have only 20 minutes each.)

The bonus material on the DVD is a value added feature.
Dec 7, 09:33 by Bridgette Da Silva
I'm glad you liked the review, Michael. :) I love how each director had a very different POV. Gondry's segment was a challenge to interpret, but I appreciate a good intellectual puzzle.
Dec 8, 17:18 by Michael Andre-Driussi
They were different, it is true, and yet they have certain similarities of style. For one example, iirc, all three used at one time or another a long tracking shot where it is safer to use a series of short shots. For the first film, one was in the parking lot; for the second film, it was early on, with the guy walking down the street, messing with people; for the third, there was the initial scene establishing the interior of the hikikomori house (where it seems like a "still life" yet the actor is there, dormant, in every room).

The second film was my least favorite of the three, but for me it had a tour de force in the weird created language it used.

Gondry uses dream logic and the visual puns of dreams. Even so, while I understand the ending, I was surprised by the route from beginning to that ending. It was well-crafted, by no means obvious, and yet perfectly fitting in the end. And again there were some technical marvels, even from an artist like Gondry known for his tricks.
   

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