the dust factory

I just watched the strangest movie I have ever seen in my life. I am so completely confused that I’m at a loss for words. I seriously don’t even know what to say about it, since I have no idea what in the world it was about.

The best way to cobble together an explanation is just cover what themes it touches on. Basically this teenage boy is about to die, but before he does he is whisked away to another reality, which is where most of the film takes place. There he meets other people in this limbo, including his grandfather who has Alzheimer’s, who teaches him about life, death, hope and courage. Then there’s a female about his age, and she’s supposed to help him see … something. I dunno, I’m still clueless.

I’m sure it would have been a great movie except that there’s no real story. It’s like watching a lesson being taught to you, and you can’t even understand what they’re trying to explain.

On the other hand, the acting was quite good, and that’s probably the only thing that kept me going. The main character was a mute to start with (in the dust factory, he talks just fine) and he did a great job with facial expressions.

Man, I wish the story had been better — this one certainly had potential, but it got caught up into trying to say too much in a roundabout way. I was really disappointed. It was one of those that I read the description, and just knew it was going to be original.

Gosh, that movie was weird.

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