I don't think there's ever been more hype for a 48hour film than this one.
Following Andrew's vicious tirades on facebook over the weekend led a lot of people to expect something fucking weird from the Wolves this year.
And yeah, I think it delivers on that.
Story-wise, there isn't much here, though I'm not sure there needs to be, and I suspect its probably a lot simpler narratively than people may be speculating, either that or it really means nothing at all and its all about visual spectacle.
I think what ties this film up is the time loop, we see the main guy waving at the building (and himself?) at the beginning at the end, but this only works if you actually see him waving at the start, and our attention certainly isn't drawn to it, so I think a lot of people missed it and maybe just thought the film was narrative nonsense. Which it maybe still is, even with the ending.
Really though, who gives a shit about the story when the marriage of cinematography and editing is so impeccable here. The use of split screen is INCREDIBLE and by mastering it, is probably the best "fuck you" to Ultra 2019 that Andrew and Johnny could have given.
There are shots in this film, in particular the panning hallway shot, that are so impressive and mindblowing, I'd be equally as amazed to see them in a big budget film or an HBO show, let alone a 48hour film.
What I like most about this movie is that it kind of spits in the face of everything I personally value in 48hour films, and yet I still really like it. There's no story for me to analyze, the ending is confusing and vague, it's not really immediately accessible, but I think it pumps so much life and passion and goddamn filmmakery into every other aspect that it transcends the bounds of usual 48hours stuff.
It wasn't my personal pick for #3 in Christchurch, but I'm not too upset by this. It's divisive for sure, some people seem to love it while others think it's a waste of time, and perhaps something this different, with such an emphasis on being cinematic, does indeed deserve a placing.
TITLE REVIEW: I like the idea of the Poutine/Deep Dish Pizza Wolves continually handing in films with foreign titles and vibes. However it was fuckin annoying to have to check my spelling every time I had to write it down. hahahah.