Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Little Otik

I know Halloween is over but I have got to mention the weirdest movie I have ever seen. My mom called and really wanted me to see this one. She wouldn't tell me anything, just watch it.

Little Otik was released in 2001. It is a Czechoslovakian subtitled film (large titles, very easy to follow) directed by Jan Svankmajer.
I guess you'd call it a surreal fantasy, comedy horror. All of the above. Oh, and there is animation mixed in with the real action.

It's a simple story about a childless couple whose angst to have a baby leads them into the Twilight Zone.
I really don't want to give away any of the story because experiencing it as it moves along is all the fun and horror.

I'll just say the couple adopt a tree stump.

Yep, a cute little bouncing bundle of wood. Sounds silly, I know. But, this couple's frantic desperation, although mostly going in opposite directions from each other, is something to behold. Rounding out the cast of this bizaar story are many other characters that live in their large walk-up apartment building, including a snoopy little neighbor girl and a near-sighted old pedaphile who lusts after her.
I couldn't tear myself from it and didnt know whether to laugh or cry.


Dustin said...

OK. This sounds too bizarre! I just added it to my Netflix queue and will let you know what I think after I see it. I guess if I love Leprechaun, I can definitely relate to this movie.

Jackie said...

Oh Good. And the acting and direction are superb IMO. Be sure to let me know what you guys think.

Alex said...

Okay. Now I have to see this darned thing.

Thanks to you.

Jackie said...

You and Chrisanne will have a great time watching this one, I promise.

Dustin said...

I just saw this and all I have to say is I will never look at a tree stump in the same way again. It was funny at first and then it turned really weird. Glad I had a chance to see it since I probably would not have found it otherwise.

Jackie said...

Weird is right. The thing to me was how the couple is so serious. the husband is serious about breaking his wife away from the "baby", but they really never react to the fact that this stump is ALIVE.
I'll nver see a tree stump the same either. Stay away from pine though, those needles tend to poke right through a pamper.