Body Screen 60 of 5 reviews

Body

2015

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  • [It's] boldly steeped in the intensity of human emotion against the backdrop of a strongly Catholic country in which the weight of the corporeal and a belief in spiritual transcendence are often difficult to reconcile.

  • The actual film isn't so fascinating, shedding the panoramic aspect (the surreal Roy Andersson side promised in the prologue peters out also) to hone in on three rather one-dimensional people: angry daughter, apathetic dad - he puts lots of pepper on his food, because with enough pepper "you can swallow anything" - and the New Age-y psychic who may be able to bring them together. Still pretty good festival fodder, but the vision is narrower than it could've been imo.

  • Szumowska has an eye for absurdist details: the scenes chronicling Anna’s unorthodox therapeutic regimen provide some of the film’s most enjoyable interludes. Still, Body creaks along to a disappointingly bland conclusion, the mini-narratives never quite coalescing into either a series of salient character studies or a coherent critique of contemporary Polish mores.

  • The decline from head to heart over the film’s final half hour is so precipitous that it undoes so much of the work preceding it. Either unwilling or incapable, Szumowska dodges the interesting aspects for a corny family reconciliation, negating the psychic angle... Body has much to recommend it—Suwala’s performance, in particular, makes her an actress to watch—but its flaws are difficult to overlook.

  • The movie is surprisingly lighter in tone than the director’s recent films Elles and In the Name of, but never builds into a fully engaging narrative... While Body starts off promisingly, the contrasting plotlines wind up losing intensity as the story progresses: crimes remain unresolved or forgotten, serving mostly as backgrounds to the father-daughter relationship at the heart of the film.