Two Wonderful ‘Cosmopolis’ Illustrations & Positive Review of Film
Here’s a positive review of Cosmopolis that ends calling it “one of the best films of the year. It has two wonderful illustrations! There’s a lot more said about David Cronenberg’s work there.
From google translate from original Dutch. I pulled out a couple of passages and highlighted in quote boxes.
David Cronenberg AND THE LIMITS OF HUMANITY
Cosmopolis, the latest film by Canadian director David Cronenberg, is lukewarm. Hardly action and endless dialogues mainly about currency. Is the director of films such as cross-border Dead Ringers and The Fly become soft? On the contrary, argues Yuri Pruys. Illustrations by Christina Tsevis.
Cosmopolis, based on a novel by Don DeLillo, receives the same criticism. It is a film that speaks for eighty percent set in a limousine. Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson), a young, wealthy businessman, riding in an armored limousine by New York, on the way to the hairdresser. Friends, women and workers visit him in his car and talk to him about the economy, the fall of the Yuan and the money he is about to lose. During his trip, the city was taken over by violent gangs of anti-capitalist revolutionaries.
Ostensibly the film is about the impending demise of Western capitalism and the beginning of a new world order. Eric Packer seems to stand for capitalism, and its financial demise is synchronized with the anarchy that engulfs the city symbol. The interesting thing about the character is that he acquiesces in his fate. In fact, he enjoys it and take ever greater risks his life and limb. He invites the evil world to penetrate. His armor That therefore they try with all their might: his limousine (his exoskeleton) is at the end of the film limping a biscuit tin, injected with graffiti.
The interesting thing about the character is that he acquiesces in his fate. In fact, he enjoys it and take ever greater risks his life and limb. He invites the evil world to penetrate.
Packer has an unhealthy obsession with his physical health. Every day he lets himself examined by his physician. Packer goes down in the first half of the film a rectal examination to his prostate. Bent over in the limo let him penetrate by a gloved hand, while he is talking to a subordinate. His straight back parallel to the walls of his stretch limo. Packer distracting his car. The film contains more of these visual analogies between object and man. The gradual destruction of the car finds its personal counterpart in one of the few scenes in which Packer venture out of his car. An activist throws him immediately a pie in the face. The rest of the film Packer globs banquet on his face, as his car is covered with graffiti. In the final scenes of Cosmopolis penetration plays an important role. Packer shoots himself in his hand, as an act of self-destruction. His body has become a strange, cheap object, he can damage without major consequences. Willfully
A hole in your hand…
Please visit the site for the rest of the Cosmopolis review and more. I bring one quote here though. As I’ve said in this blog before I think Eric was looking for something that day, he lost himself and was trying to find it (see “Why The Haircut”). But also, I believe this to capture the film’s essence:
When Packer by his hand shoots, we not only look at a scene that is about a self-destructive rich kid, but for a scene in which a man rids himself of his humanity. [...] Cosmopolis is not about the economic crisis. It’s about the limits of humanity.
Source: Cineville.nl Magazine
Illustrations by Christina Tsevis. Note I looked her up and she has a Facebook page and her work is gorgeous.Tags: Christina Tsevis Illustrator, Cineville Magazine