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The Congress 2013 NR CC


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(624) IMDb 6.5/10
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More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job - preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood.

Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel
2 hours, 2 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Drama
Director Ari Folman
Starring Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel
Supporting actors Jon Hamm, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Sami Gayle, Michael Stahl-David, Paul Giamatti, Ed Corbin, Christopher B. Duncan, Evan Ferrante, Michal Kahan, John Lacy, Michael Landes, Jill Maddrell, Jörg Vincent Malotki, Don McManus, Charlie Megira, Sarah Shahi, Kevin Thompson
Studio Drafthouse Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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106 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Madelynne Morris on July 25, 2014
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Don't watch this movie if you're in the mood for an "easy watch" or you just need to chill. This is not mainstream "entertainment" but is a film that takes you far off the beaten path and into what I felt was more existential than anything. This film will make you think about what we feel about beauty, aging, and what happens to an icon after they peak. A really lovely part of this film is the writer's vision of how we will enjoy icons, "stars," and those who entertain and the idea that the next step for movie lovers is to get to become those they enjoy watching: becoming a part of the experience as opposed to just watching it unfold. This film also has layers of subthemes that are worth a viewer's consideration. Again, if you need to just have a beer and unwind with a few laughs, this is not your movie. But if you want to experience a film that is unique, thought-provoking, and looks at the future of how film might evolve, queue this one up! And, Robin, you were amazing as always.
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hayes on July 28, 2014
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THE CONGRESS, directed by Ari Folman and starring Robin Wright, is an intriguing film that doesn't have too much of a coherent story, but presents a lot of ideas about human obsession with fantasy and beauty, as well as chemical and technological dependency. The basic premise of the movie is that Hollywood (here presented as a fictional company Miramount) has developed a process by which they can scan an actor's likeness and other attributes for use in films without having to actually have them on a set. Robin Wright, who hasn't really had a hit in a while, is brought this proposal by her agent (Harvey Keitel). It will be a one-time deal, and according to the terms of the contract she will never be able to act again. At first she hesitates because doing so will eliminate her free choice as an actor to choose projects that she wants to do, but eventually she gives in. The film then skips 20 years into the future, with her attending a futurist congress and that's where things get truly interesting (and quite trippy at times).

I honestly didn't have any idea of what to expect when I first heard of this film, but now having watched it I have to admire it for its ambition. It's a combination of live action and hand-drawn animation that was really beautiful to look at, and haunting in its portrayal of a future society where the business of movie-making has become a literal means of escape from the harshness of reality. The ideas proposed in the movie about how technological advances in chemistry will affect us in the future are a bit removed from what we know today, but not entirely implausible either. The idea that we could take a drug and literally become someone else is equally cool and frightening. There is also the idea of the actor as a commodity.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Following Films on September 16, 2014
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20 years after the release of The Princess Bride Robing Wright (played by Robin Wright) signs her final contract. She agrees to have her likeness scanned so the producers at Miramount can use her image in any way they see fit but Robin Wright the actress will no longer exist. Robin Right agrees to never act again. At 45 years old our protagonist is over the hill and all but dead in Hollywoood. In this alternate world she is a woman who has made bad career choices and is constantly reminded of her wasted potential.

This film is clearly a satire that pokes fun at Hollywood on the surface level but it really speaks to the way we treat women in our society and what we value as individuals. This is a film that works and plays on many levels simultaneously. It’s both a cautionary tale of where technology is taking us and a commentary on celebrity. When we value image and status over expression and heart what are we left with.

We all saw Robin Wright in Forest Gump, a film that used footage of dead presidents and rock stars with overdubbed dialogue to make it appear as though they had interacted with a fictional character. It’s a cute experiment but when I think of it as the first step in a line of events that eventually replaced actors with scans, it’s creepy and off putting.

The Congress is told with broad strokes and that might lead people to the conclusion that it’s only an exploration of ageism in Hollywood. The Broad strokes allow the viewer to relate to this very successful actress playing herself in an alternate reality. When the viewer is allowed to fill in the blanks and make their own conclusions the revelations are far more personal than being lectured for an hour and a half.

Robin Wright gives a brilliant performance in this film. With this and House of Cards she is on a hell of a role these days and I look forward to seeing what she does next.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Morgan Hyman on January 8, 2015
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If you are considering watching this movie, just go ahead and watch it. Most of the viewers who are complaining about this movie are lodging complaints that make it obvious that they are not thoughful film fans who want more from the medium. With that said, The Congress does not meet the expectations that I had for it. It takes an intrguing idea but does not fulfill the potential it should have. I'm not sure what the director was going for but he makes a film that is obtuse, weird (but not in a good way), and worst of all, very boring. Recent films like Tree of Life or Synechdoche, New York that eschew a traditional narrative structure came to mind while I was reading some of the negative reviews. No, this movie isn't a 'waste of time', but it falls short of the great movie experience that it could have been. I enjoyed the director's previous film Waltz With Bashir, and was hoping that he could do something great with Hollywood stars and a bigger budget, but he did not.
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