The inhabitants of an institution in a remote country rebel against their keepers. Their acts of rebellion are by turns humorous, boring and alarming. An allegory on the problematic nature of fully liberating the human spirit, as both commendable and disturbing elements of our nature come forward. The film shows how justifiable revolt may be empowering, but may also turn to chaos and depravity. The allegory is developed in part by the fact that the film is cast entirely with dwarfs.
A film about man’s relation to the world of objects he surrounds himself with. Dwarfs are used to emphasise the extent to which objects dominate our personal relations: their alienation from the institution and its products is ours too. The anarchist uprising is a beautiful negation of bourgeois values, sometimes savage, but usually compassionate and amusing. The dwarfs are great, and the tribal music superb.
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