Director: Quentin Dupieux
Writer: Quentin Dupieux
Cast: Jack Plotnick, Eric Judor, Alexis Dziena, Steve Little, William Fichtner, Regan Burns, Mark Burnham
Part of: /slash Filmfestival‘s Slashing Europe
Dolph (Jack Plotnick) wakes up one day to find his dog Paul who he loves more than anyone else, gone without a trace. He tries to keep his mind off of things by calling a local pizza delivery service to inquire about their logo which leads to a nice conversation with Emma (Alexis Dziena). His gardner Victor (Eric Judor) tries to tell him something about the palm tree in the garden. At work, Dolph is rained on. Finally he is contacted by Master Chang (William Fichtner) who knows about Paul.
Rubber was weird. Wrong is weirder. And it’s also more awesome. Where Rubber had me smiling, Wrong had me laughing out loud. And William Fichtner is just to die for.
I can understand if people don’t like this film. It’s completely absurd – a clock that goes from 7:59 to 7:60 is basically the most normal thing about it – and I guess you have to like that. Personally, I found it hilarious and engaging. WTF was rarely that enjoyable.
But it’s weirdness makes it kind of hard to review the film. In any other film, I would be ranting about William Fichtner, a white dude, playing a guru-type called Master Cheng (appropriation and/or white-washing) but the normal rules don’t really apply for this film. If I can accept an office in which it rains constantly, I can accept that, I think. [But maybe I’m blinded by my white privilege.]
While I can’t really comment on the plot, I thought that the way the movie told its story was pretty cool. And it looked extremely nice – there were some very nice shots there and some very cool sets/locations. And the cast was really good, too. Did I mention that William Fichtner was amazing? Because he definitely was.
Altogether it was quite an experience to watch this film and I have no problem doing it again.
Summarising: If you like the absurd, you’ll love this film. And even if you don’t, it might pull you in anyway.