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The story is a jumble of short clips that take place at various times and we slowly learn about the past and present. A young man is in an insane asylum and we see him imagining things that are his own creations or reminders of his past. His parents were on the strange side and passed on to their child the kind of behavior that can get one locked up in a bedlam. Although his father was not physically abusive, he had bizarre ways of punishing him that were all part of his father's past. We also see segments of his parents' personal history that is unlikely he actually witnessed. It may take some watching and re-watching to sort out what events are actual and which are imagined.
Although I am no means an expert on Lech Majewski's films, I have to say there are some similarities between Glass Lips and another film I saw by Majewski, Roe's Room. The style and feel are similar, which can simplistically be described as highly unusual and artistic. Both also use actors without much or any film credits to their name.
Glass Lips is like stepping into a world of imagination and bizarre fantasy. If you have an appreciation for visual art or theater, there is a chance Glass Lips may appeal to you but I suspect it is not a movie that most people will enjoy.
Written, directed, shot, and produced by Lech Majewski, this Polish film mostly ponders the relationship between Sebastian (Patryk Czajka) and his abusive father (Grzegory Pryybyl). Instead of showing scenes of beating, yelling, and mental abuse, the damage is mostly implied antecedently.
In an early scene a young Sebastian knocks over a beverage glass during dinner, prompting his father to restrain his son with a dog collar and leash as he eats his meal doggy style out of a dish placed on the floor. In later scenes the boy engages in bizarre behavior, but as we see him as an adult, he's confined to a sanitarium shown in several scenes. In contrast his father is free with a calloused, carefree attitude toward women in a way that suggests they're interchangeable for him. Many of the vignettes, illustrate Sebastian's repressed sexuality as he's shown in confinement and in frozen meat lockers.
Among the most tangible elements is its religious imagery. Making easy references to "Abraham and Isaac" as well as Jesus's Passion, his inner anguish is given a visible context.
One of my favorite moments is when he's at the mental hospital while looking at a picture of a mountain.Read more ›
Sebastien (Patrick Czajka) is the poet in question in this painterly film, which begins with his birth atop a towering rock. The sound of the infant wailing, his umbilical cord dangling, is the only one we hear from his lips. This image later connects to a waterlogged dream of his mother (Joanna Litwin) giving birth to a bloodied rock.
Maternal inertia is the dominant pigment used in painting Sebastien as the scourged poet. One striking image calls to mind early photographs of artist Andres Serrano (when Serrano actually counted). The sensual, nude mother, clothed only in pathos, glides by row after row of slaughtered hogs. The Serrano image, so striking and, for some reason, long unavailable, showed the image of Christ (a young, blonde woman, dressed in a short, black nightclub dress) before the swine (the hog's bloodied torso hanging from a hook in the ceiling). Paradoxically, iconoclastic and liturgical metaphors repetitively intertwine in Majewski's parochial bedlam.
The suffering mother is forced to witness her only son's humiliation by a severe, unyielding father (Grzegorz Przybyl). The mother seeks to both nurture and be nurtured. She is not milked and can no longer can provide milk. Therefore, she baptizes her naked body, as Sebastien witnesses. For the father, mother is not fully human. She is merely a hole for his convenience. She is, at first, replaced by a blow-up doll.Read more ›
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What an absolutely ridiculous waste of time.I guess I don't get the artistic point of the film, but I found no point in watching the film. Read morePublished 20 months ago by SooB.
This was the weirdest movie I ever saw! A must see for you those of you looking for something totally different.Published on March 14, 2014 by Barbarajean
Can't say I liked Glass Lips, but in it I caught glimpses of how I might very well enjoy other works by this filmmaker. Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by BL834