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Dark and Moving
I'll start with the bad parts, since I'm mean like that. It was over too quickly. That may sound like an interview flaw, but it's a bigger problem than you'd think. It feels like the movie screams past at breakneck speed to give us the plot and nothing more. I felt like saying "Movie, it's okay - you can take a breather. You can spare a few minutes for character development or suspense building or plot thickening." I mean, come on - it was an hour and a half long!

But despite being strictly bare-bones, it was really good. It got so much past the radar the radar doesn't even look like it was there. Rape, violence, genocide, sexuality, religious themes, cussing - you name it. The effect was slightly diminished by the gargoyles, but I like to think of them as the hallucination of poor Quasi, driven mad by loneliness - which would add insanity to our list. The plot was well done, the songs were haunting and beautiful. Definitely worth it.
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