Monday, September 22, 2008

Otto; Or, Up With Dead People

A small independent production filmed in Berlin, "Otto..." is an arty project that ended up being one of the most surprising movies I've lately seen. Full of beautiful shots, bizarre moments, inside jokes, disturbing scenes, a clever soundtrack, a subversive sense of humour and very creative ideas (the silent-film character who doesn't speak and lives in black and white is pure genius), there's also an extra touch that takes it apart. Above all the shock and visceral horror, we have a sense of loneliness, melancholy and nostalgia that makes us reach a very touching conclusion: forget all the cliché imagery, zombies can be special, sensitive and have a heart. Who knew? To put it in another way, this could just be seen as the story of an outsider, alone, looking for love. Or, in Otto's own words: "I was a zombie with an identity crisis".

Teaser Trailer:

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