Endless Poetry (Poesia Sin Fin)
Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Genre: Drama, Biography, Fantasy
Language: English, French, Spanish with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Chile, France, Japan, UK 2016 128 mins. (15)
Official Selection 2016 Cannes International Film Festival
Released by Curzon Artificial Eye
An exhausting, audacious, feast for the eyes - a surreal delight.
The second of maverick cult Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky's five proposed cinematic memoirs, following 'The Dance of Reality,' finds young Alejandro (Jeremias Herskovits) and his strict, unloving, shopkeeper father Jaime (Brontis Jodorowsky) and timid mother Sara (Pamela Flores) moving to Santiago. Mother sings her dialogue, father kicks shoplifters and a dwarf Hitler declares war on prices. Discovering the works of Garcia Lorca is the turning point and Jodorowsky vows to become a poet. His father's apoplectic - 'faggots'. All artists are 'faggots.' Alejandro will be liberated by poetry and it will be linked to his view of the world. The surreal autobiographical exploration begins.
Abandoning his parents for Santiago's bohemian life, Jodorowsky (Adan Jodorowsky) makes friends with artists, including the poet and and novelist Enrique Lihn (Leandro Taub) and meets his first true love, the red haired, beer drinking, virgin, punk poet Stella Diaz (played with Freudian mirth by Stella Flores).
Felliniesque with colour soaked visuals, large breasted women, clowns, dwarfs, dancing skeletons and red devils and secretive black clothed ninjas collecting unwanted items. Add on Enrique Lihn's dwarf lover Pequenita's (Julia Avenado) menstrual seduction of Alejandro to the background tones of Fred Astaire's 'Cheek to Cheek' and his celebrated awakening as a poet carried naked across a cheering circus audience. It's Alejandro Jodorowsky's surreal jamboree.
Magical, surreal, witty, powerful, tender and inventive. Exhausting, yes but it's a delight.