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Glass Lips (2007)

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A movie directed by Lech Majewski

GLASS LIPS (2007) A kaleidoscope of surreal, emotionally provocative, and powerfully resonant imagery; in Glass Lips, contemporary artist, Lech Majewski, explores a hidden human frontier where memory, madness, and imagination meet. Banished to an asylum, … see full wiki

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Director: Lech Majewski
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  • Aug 15, 2008
Wordless, yet artful `Glass Lips' is sure to please the art crowd with exquisite camera shots and its symbolic thrust. Not as evocative as 'Syndromes and a Century,' but easily more accessible, the movie mulls over the process and fallout of one father's abuse. While the series of short films don't entirely tell a linear story, the threads are meticulously woven to give a composite picture and a concrete ending.

Written, directed, shot, and produced by Lech Majewski, this Polish film mostly ponders the relationship between Sebastian (Patryk Czajka) and his abusive father (Grzegory Pryybyl). Instead of showing scenes of beating, yelling, and mental abuse, the damage is mostly implied antecedently.

In an early scene a young Sebastian knocks over a beverage glass during dinner, prompting his father to restrain his son with a dog collar and leash as he eats his meal doggy style out of a dish placed on the floor. In later scenes the boy engages in bizarre behavior, but as we see him as an adult, he's confined to a sanitarium shown in several scenes. In contrast his father is free with a calloused, carefree attitude toward women in a way that suggests they're interchangeable for him. Many of the vignettes, illustrate Sebastian's repressed sexuality as he's shown in confinement and in frozen meat lockers.

Among the most tangible elements is its religious imagery. Making easy references to "Abraham and Isaac" as well as Jesus's Passion, his inner anguish is given a visible context.

One of my favorite moments is when he's at the mental hospital while looking at a picture of a mountain. After he tears the photo in two, he starts rubbing the sides together, creating an avalanche that you can hear as sediment pours down on his head.

Abstract, yet rewarding, `Glass Lips' doesn't try to pull the wool over our eyes. If you're inclined to the art house cinema, you won't want to miss this mural exhibit that does indeed paint a delicate story with expert skill.

A J.P.'s Pick 3.5 *'s =Good-Very Good

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