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quietearth [Celluloid 11.03.08] movie news drama

While the music in the teaser may make this sound whimsical, the religious aspects and the storyline remind me of Alejandro Jodorowsky, so I'm pretty excited about seeing more. Directed by Veiko Õunpuu, it draws inspiration from the legend of Saint Anthony, using a contemporary setting and storyline to reflect on goodness: Can someone become a saint today and be sincerely and selflessly good? Shot in high contrast black and white, the film looks stunning, and there's some stills here if you want to check them out.

"The most stupendous and bone chilling tragedy about the agony and decline of one middle-level manager.

Tony develops an aversion to gushing claims of his goodness and the issue starts to haunt him. Is he good? Why should one be good? Whom would it benefit? While Tony thinks and thinks, he is forced to fire one thousand employees under his command, to be a witness to his wife's betrayal, to bury his grandfather and finally to find 12 pairs of human hands from the underbrush.

As Tony hopes to find a new and simpler life in a strip club with the help of a Russian secretary named Nadezha who is earning extra money by working there, fate steps into his life in the form of the mysterious Herr Meister. He gives Tony a choice; Either a rebellion domed to failure and eventual decline, or absolute submission and a life full of power and enjoyment. Atlhough Tony is accustomed to a worry-free life, he chooses rebellion - much to his own surprise - and loses.

A man is truly a bottomless abyss."

Teaser after the break.

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