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Looking for the most deranged and graphic feature film in this year’s lineup? You’ve found it. Kim Ki-duk’s name is synonymous with insane concepts and brutal visuals, as anyone who’s seen his early features The Isle and Bad Guy can attest. But as unnerving as his imagery can be, it’s always in the service of a compelling narrative and profound insights. Moreover, in Kim’s filmography one will also find works such as 3-Iron and Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring, elegant films that, if still punctuated by moments of startling violence, find their heart in the human search for tenderness, self-knowledge, and spiritual fulfillment.
Moebius brings all elements of Kim’s career together into a wallop of a statement about cruelty, identity, and catharsis that’s absolutely not for the squeamish or faint of heart. This wordless but sonically dynamic film opens with a domestic fight between a couple as their son looks on. The fight quickly escalates into an act of violence as extreme as any previously depicted on film—a scene that had audience members at its Toronto International Film Festival premiere variously running for the exit, squealing in horror, or laughing in maniacal shock (all equally valid reactions). The story that follows is an unhinged mix of dark comedy, thriller, Oedipal tragedy, family drama—and, in its own strange way, romance.
If intense scenes of sex and violence turn you off, and unflinching exploration of transgressive concepts isn't your cup of tea, this isn’t the film for you. But if you believe cinema should sometimes use extreme means to cut through layers of societal falsity to larger truths, you might just be ready for Moebius. Oh, and if you’re already a fan of Kim Ki-duk, run don’t walk: this may just be the glorious madman’s masterpiece. (Eric Allen Hatch)