Swiss Army Man – USA, 2016 – reviews

 

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Swiss Army Man is a 2016 American surrealist dark comedy feature film written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. The movie stars Daniel Radcliffe (The Woman in Black; Horns; Victor Frankenstein), Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Paul Dano.

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2016 and is released in the US on June 24, 2016, by A24.

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Plot:

Hank, a man at the verge of his suicide and marooned on an island, finds a corpse washed up on the beach and engages a surreal relationship with the dead body…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“It’s entirely to the directors and the two lead actors’ credit that what sounds like a bunch of overextended body humor gags of the most juvenile variety evolve, by sheer repetitious attrition, into something bizarrely poetic and strangely touching. It certainly won’t be to everyone’s taste, and the reliance on flashbacks and repeated shots conspire at times to make this feel like an attenuated short.” The Hollywood Reporter

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“I could never prep you enough for the degree to which farting plays a pivotal role in Swiss Army Man. In addition to its plot contrivance (it’s the gas that keeps these lost men on their voyage) the taboo of passing wind (as well as masturbation) becomes the central metaphor for the need to be true to oneself. It’s coarse and it’s stupid, but it is, thanks mostly the two good performances and some stylish use of music and editing, a little bit moving.” The Guardian

Swiss Army Man is still mightily impressive for its commitment to its vision and its refusal to explain itself. The Daniels have made a film that’s at once a labor of love and a work of sheer arrogant nerve, one that is as likely to be described as a classic, an ambitious misfire, and one of the worst films ever made by any three people who see it together. How many movies can you say that about?” RogerEbert.com

Cast and characters:

  • Paul Dano as Hank
  • Daniel Radcliffe as Manny
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Sarah
  • Timothy Eulich as Preston
  • Marika Casteel as Reporter
  • Richard Gross as Hank’s Dad
  • Antonia Ribero as Chrissy
  • Aaron Marshall as Police Officer
  • Andy Hull as Camera Man

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