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OUT 6 JAN­UARY / CERT TBC / 128 MINS DI­REC­TOR Ale­jan­dro Jodor­owsky CAST Adan Jodor­owsky, Pamela Flores, Bron­tis Jodor­owsky, Le­an­dro Taub

FOL­LOW­ING THE DANCE Of Re­al­ity, the sec­ond in­stal­ment of 87-year-old Ale­jan­dro Jodor­owsky’s pro­posed five-part mem­oir sees the as­pir­ing poet rebel against his shop­keeper fa­ther and learn a lit­tle about sex and ex­cess in bo­hemian 1940s San­ti­ago. Brim­ming with quirky wit, kinky erot­ica, mis­chievous provo­ca­tion and vis­ual bravura, this ram­blingly episodic and bullishly played saga is pretty con­ven­tional by Jodor­owsky’s stan­dards. But it’s of­ten thrillingly bold and in­ven­tive, as he makes light of a mea­gre bud­get to cre­ate can­vas façades, card­board props and colour­ful cos­tumes that vividly cap­ture the back­streets, night­clubs, po­lit­i­cal ral­lies and carnival pa­rades of his event­ful youth. A cineaste’s treat.

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