Movie Review - La Antenna

Photo taken by me – The Footage pub sign, Manchester
Preston, England
November 30, 2017 11:20am CST
(2007) Spoiler alerts A wonderful Argentinean film, which might make you think it was made in 1926, as much of the action takes place in a silent, Black & White world, and the film is largely homage to the surrealism of Buenel, and the modernist industrial dystopian visions of Frits Lang – some scenes are very reminiscent of Lang’s Metropolis. In a strange town, nearly everyone has lost their voices, but everyone speaks in speech bubbles, enabling their words to float from their lips and move around, though people can grab words and move them aside or crush them. Officially, only one woman still has a voice, but she appears to have no face. She is owned and controlled by a powerful TV station, who let her sing to the masses, as the viewers eat the company’s TV dinners and take in the subliminal hypnotic messages that keep them under control. The Voice (as she is called) has a secret though – she has a son who can also speak and sing. He is blind, and awaits a new set of eyes, (drawings, but which if put over the face, could allow him to see). But they are accidentally delivered to a young girl across the street instead. Taking the eyes over, she discovers his secrets, as the totalitarian TV corporation’s (they have a swastika among their symbols), chase after her. The girl, and her parents (separated by marital differences), learn of an older TV station in the mountains, and fly there by balloon suits (the father and daughter having seen a man tragically float away when one went out of control earlier in the film). The station, The Antenna of the title), could allow the second voice to counter-the effects of the parent voice – which is to be used to hypnotise the people to sleep and steal their words and speech bubbles too. Pursued by the rat-man assassin, the family fight to make the voices conflict, creating counter-voice and argument – As voices are restored, the people of the town rise up only in the voice of a loud piercing scream, rather than any expression of joy. Strange, unsettling, and very beautiful, though at times the imagery and symbolism can be over-powering – undoubtedly a masterpiece though. Some scenes remain unforgettable – the eyes in an envelope, the balloon suits, the speech bubbles, and the evil sinister doctor with a large TV set for a silent but very articulate mouth. Arthur Chappell
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@Corbin5 (96649)
• United States
30 Nov
This one is filled with the odd, for sure, but really sounds like one that is worth watching!!! I want to see those speech bubbles!
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• Preston, England
30 Nov
the whole film is on Youtube @Corbin5 thought I'd just find a clip from it but the movie is there for free
Director: Esteban Sapir Fotografía: Cristian Cottet (B&W) SINOPSIS Una ciudad entera se ha quedado sin voz y vive bajo un largo y crudo invierno. Un hombre m...
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@Corbin5 (96649)
• United States
30 Nov
@arthurchappell Oh, thank you so much. Off to take a look at the clip!!
@Corbin5 (96649)
• United States
30 Nov
@arthurchappell That clip is mesmerizing. So well done.
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@JohnRoberts (49572)
• Los Angeles, California
30 Nov
Never heard of this one. Interesting to take the style of German impressionism. Does Rat Man look like Nosferatu?
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• Preston, England
1 Dec
@JohnRoberts no, more rat like - just enough to say villainous henchman
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
30 Nov
It sounds interesting. I'll check it out
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@teamfreak16 (40111)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
4 Dec
Definitely sounds like it's worth a watch.
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• Preston, England
4 Dec
@teamfreak16 very much so yes
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@Madshadi (8857)
• Brussels, Belgium
30 Nov
Lots of meaning behind that story. I’m not a fan of white and black movies
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@amadeo (58991)
• United States
30 Nov
Interesting movie.Thank you for sharing this.
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