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Film, Pop Montreal 2006

FILM POP Preview: Analog Days

Posted by Christy / September 25, 2006


Analog Days, a tale of underdogs, defies criticism. It's about Us gamely lifting our heads to face a Brutal World and, as such, it is cleverly designed so that any kind of criticism automatically aligns you with the Brutal World. Criticism, here, is like punching a puppy in the face.

But what do I care?

It's not a movie you watch for plot, as is so often the case these days. Analog Days is a movie about young 20-somethings in community college--an endless version of CEGEP, I suppose. It's about almost-adults who still work at the video store, whose desperation drives them to make meaningless gestures against their fears, who feel ignored by life but don't know what to do with it. You feel for them, because you know them, and in that the movie succeeds. But the fact that every other non-underdog character is painted with a big red "Asshole" sign reveals a dearth of imagination and compassion.

At times, Analog Days meanders, it feels contrived. It is thoroughly weighed down with its own liberal ideals and self-righteous conceptions of Goodness, and it delivers them with all the subtlety of a frying pan to the back of the head. The underdogs, for instance, CARE about racism in a way that--it seems to suggest--PERHAPS YOU NEVER HAVE. However, in a few moments, very few, it still manages to strike a pure note so clear that you hold your breath for a second. It makes you think about the people you left behind. Or you think of yourself.

It's hard for me to believe someone over the age of 35 would be able to muster much sympathy for these characters, and sympathy is about all the movie has to offer. There aren't any answers here. Just unhappy people. Maybe you'd like to visit. Then again, you might want to punch them in the face.

Screening Saturday 7 Oct, 3pm, Associaçao Portuguesa. More info at Film Pop.

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