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And I’m glad that I took the chance.
It’s true that the production values of the film are lacking. In particular, the scenes that feature therapist Dr. Reineger or the Mother character are striking for how badly acted they are. There’s a moment where the Mother runs out on a hill to give Reineger a sob story about her daughters’ increasingly bizarre behavior and prophetic visions, and the way that the two yell over one another is laughable. That, coupled with the twee way that Leiser produced the film – utilizing everything from clay figures to stop motion to shadow puppets – made the overall film feel largely like a B-movie version of a Michel Gondry film. Or, as I told my wife, “It’s like if Animal Collective made a horror movie.Read more ›
The girls' behavior becomes increasingly difficult for their parents to comprehend. Their food transcends the dinner plate to become living sculpture, and the girls play games in intricate, frenetic patterns that only minds in lockstep could achieve. Faced with the twins' increasingly apparent and unexplainable abilities to defy accepted science and medical knowledge, Dr. Reineger is consumed with a profound professional crisis. He cannot effectively treat the girls, nor can he decode the bewildering world they have built for themselves within their minds.
The film's real strength lies in its animation. Leiser's whimsical but intricate method recalls Czech surrealism and charts a brave experimental path, though he's not quite ready to stand on the podium with Jan Svankmajer. Nonetheless, Leiser's multifaceted abilities are put to great use in Imagination's engaging animated segments. His stop motion and puppetry work is spellbinding at times. Leiser also has some raw ability as a filmmaker beyond his wheelhouse of animation and sculpture, but Imagination's live action portions are less appealing.
After the technique, Leiser's content seems much harder to capture. I found it easy to dislike the ineffectual psychiatrist and to feel for the desperate mother. The twins, however, remained enigmatic to me. They lived as a symbiotic pair in a world governed by beings with huge powers. Neither the nature of their bond nor the rules of that world ever came clear, however. I don't need to understand every part of a pattern in a movie or the reason for it, but I look to see that there is some pattern somewhere. This time, not enough parts came together for me to perceive that any unified whole existed at all.
When logical structure in a movie eludes me, whether or not I understand that structure, I look to the visuals to pull me along. Although strong, this movie's imagery didn't have quite the power that others do. Fans of surrealist animation will find a fair bit to enjoy here, but I can't say it's a must-have for any personal library.
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I ordered this movie because I was interested in the portrayal of Asperger's mentioned in the movie description. Read morePublished on May 16, 2014 by DCS
The appropriately-titled Imagination is a fascinating watch. Leiser, who has an animation background, employs every animation style he knows throughout the film, creating one of... Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by Jennifer M. Colville
Unfortunately I was disappointed in both the time and the money invested in this film. The topic of autism and Asperger's Syndrome are indeed fascinating. Read morePublished on August 14, 2010 by Quadradox
I actually didn't like it since the whole problem of identical twin
communication has never been really well resolved. Read more
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
A visually stunning avant-garde indie feature, three years in the making and made on a $110,000 budget, by the talented twentysomething... Read more
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