I was reading DVD reviews in some obscure film magazine last month, and I stumbled on an animated feature called "Metropia", from Sweden. I liked the dark semi-realistic visuals of the still image, so I got the film from Netflix. What a unique and amazing film! It's a sci-fi film set in a dystopian 2025 Europe.
Roger, a mid-level bureaucrat, decides to track down these voices in his head, only to discover a nefarious conspiracy, spread through a giant transportation system and shampoo.
The characters in the film are voiced by Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis and Udo Kier, and it's directed by music-video veteran Tarik Saleh.
But what interested me most was the look and style of the film. It's a digital film with very minimal movement. The lip-sync is the only real movement - except for an occasional eye-blink. And the walking is your typical Japanese animé stiff-leg walk.
In fact, the whole film is very stiff and limited, yet I was seduced by the backgrounds, lighting and story. Of particular interest were the faces - they used real actors as models, and the resulting imagery was quite powerful.
I wish this film had enjoyed a bigger release - it's really a fascinating feature film. But thanks to DVD, it's hopefully finding its audience.
I give "Metropia" a "B".