RELEASE DATE: Available Now on DVD
WRITTEN BY: Mélissa Hébert, Rémy M. Larochelle
DIRECTED BY: Rémy M. Larochelle
STARRING: Stéphane Bilodeau, Julie-Anne Côté, Philippe Chabot
In a strange world ruled by bio-mechanical creatures a man toils as a slave to the monster’s whims. Unbeknownst to these outré beings, the man harbors a secret within, a powerful object known as “the embryo,” the origin of all things and the secret to ending the beasts’ reign. That is the plot of MECANIX, one of the strangest, most imaginative flicks I’ve seen in a good long time.
In order to give you a semblance of what you will experience with this film, I offer this: Imagine David Lynch and Shinya Tsukamoto sittin’ around chewin’ the fat and Davey says to Shin-baby, “Yo, dude, let’s make a fairy tale!” Shinya agrees, when suddenly Jan Svankmajer pops out of a teapot and says, “I’d make some puppets for that shizz, dawg!” Yup, that’s exactly what MECANIX will offer you.
Filmed in sepia and mostly dialogue free, MECANIX relies on its (admittedly incredible) visuals to weave its tale. The creatures mentioned above are a strange amalgam of animal corpses, clay, and chicken wire and are brought to life via stop-motion … which results in a jerky sense of movement that adds to their already beyond surreal nature. As out there as the denizens of the film’s universe are, their habitat is equally insane. Comprised of huge cogs, expressionistically angled rooms, cages, and dangling medical implements, it’s completely a vision of hell that would do Clive Barker or Hieronymus Bosch proud!
Now, as awesome as this film looks, its disjointed, dream-like (and, at times, repetitive) storytelling will definitely not be everyone’s cup of tea. There’s no hand holding here, but things are clear enough to discern what is going on (even when the film attempts to be ultra-ambiguous). That being said, if you love the work of any of the fine gents mentioned above, this will be smooth sailin’ for ya.
I was really impressed by the insanity and the eye-assaulting visual style on display in MECANIX, and I really think it’ll blow some of you cat’s minds right out of your skulls if ya can dig on what it’s layin’ down.