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More surreal autobiography from Jodorowsky

Poesia sin fin ("Endless Poetry") is a direct continuation of Jodorowsky's surprising return to filmmaking of three years ago, La danza de la realidad. There are new and astonishing scenes and episodes, some as shocking and disturbing as the last, and the omnipresent stagehands covered in black augment the boldly fantastic mise-en-scène, but if you've seen La danza de la realidad you will feel strangely at home, because there are the same locales and main actors playing the main roles. Again Jodorowsky himself is present as a character and a commentator, handsome, dashing, and entering the second half of his eighties. Again we see the young Alejandro (Jeremias Herskovits as a child; Alejandro's son Adan Jodorowsky grown up) struggling with his domineering, petty-minded father Jaime (played by another older son, Brontis Jodorowsky). Now he is entering into youth and young manhood, and declaring - and living - his enduring passion for and dedication to poetry and poets. That is clear. Specific episodes are surreal and fantastic, and no particular effort is made to recount the actual details of Jodorowsky's early involvement with Latin American and European intellectual circles. Just go with the flow, and you'll be taken to new places.

Poesia sin fin, 128 mins., debuted at Directors Fortnight at Cannes May 2016; over a dozen other international festivals including Moscow, Munich, Jerusalem, Locarno and Vancouver. Theatrical release in France 5 Oct. The (AlloCiné press rating is a glowing 4.0/23, and Anglophone critics have been equally enthusiastic: Metacritic 84%.) Screened for this review at MK2 Odéon - (côté St-Michel), Paris,on 23 Oct. 2016.

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