The Congress

The Congress

Streaming Video - 2013
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More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood.
Publisher: [United States] : Cinedigm : Made available through hoopla, 2013.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 117 min.)) : sd., col.
Restrictions on Access: Digital content provided by hoopla.

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Radharc May 08, 2015

Stunning concept and execution, this is high-brow science-fiction that will leave many viewers perplexed. I for one appreciated the animation style, as it had elements of late 1920's Disney, 1960's Hanna-Barbera, and 1970's Bakshi. I also liked that the live-action portion was rooted in what t... Read More »


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ScorchingSun
Mar 07, 2017

"Provoke and confuse". That it does.
I'm not clear on the physics of the animated world or the transition methods between worlds.
But it's a fantasy, so hard explanations aren't really necessary as long as the journey is enjoyable.
It's a fun colourful ride with provocative ideas.

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tenet
Sep 25, 2016

Rated 2/10. Not my kind of movie, hence the low rating.

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lydiag22
Mar 07, 2016

This is one of the stinkiest crap piles I have seen in quite a while. The summary made it seem interesting, but I feel like I was screwed royally. WARNING: This movie sucks!!!

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bmobaggins
Sep 26, 2015

the animated portion of this film is quite astonishing! Not as good as this directors previous film (waltz with bashir) but a worthy follow-up none the less.

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rationallady
Jul 03, 2015

I liked it because it communicated thought-provoking ideas of our times in a new format. Yes, drug-induced realities and living through avatars in games and online media are scary, but so is the new addiction to smart phones and social media. The animated world of existence created in this film is a possible dystopian future based on current trends.

kevfarley Jun 29, 2015

High concept ; poor delivery.
Worth a look for the good intentions.

Respect for good editing and effective storytelling might have made all the difference.

Thanks for trying.
Next time,.. please try harder.

Radharc May 08, 2015

Stunning concept and execution, this is high-brow science-fiction that will leave many viewers perplexed. I for one appreciated the animation style, as it had elements of late 1920's Disney, 1960's Hanna-Barbera, and 1970's Bakshi. I also liked that the live-action portion was rooted in what the future computer technology would have in store for film, once we get there (20 years later) the entertainment of choice is chemical-induced hallucination into a world of 2-D cartoon avatars (all sorts of cameos here - Marilyn Monroe, Ron Jeremy, Michael Jackson, Clint Eastwood, Ronald Reagan, Michael Jackson...) While the general population escapes into this "paradise", the "real" world decays... Lots of layers, and a wonderfully ambiguous ending which will leave room for discussion after the credits roll (one reason I loathe most Hollywood films, as they require neat, tidy endings, instead of finales that open themselves to discussion).

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graybear3
May 07, 2015

Started out with a great concept and I had high hopes. But it quickly devolved into a muddled mess. Most of the movie is in a cartoon-style animation. A real shame. If you want a really good recent sci-fi movie that's not just a shoot 'em up extended chase scene, try "Predestination" with Ethan Hawke.

a5a22406 Apr 09, 2015

This movie could have been so much more. The concept was fantastic, at least for the first half of the show.

Scaltro Apr 08, 2015

Yes weird but you have to appreciate how groundbreaking a concept it is.

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jimg2000
Jan 03, 2015

SPOILER ALERT:
20 years into the future:
Jeff: And people can... can drink you, in their milkshake, and imagine you the way that they LIKE.
Robin: Everything?
Jeff: Yes. "Everything", means everything. Drama, Little Red Riding Hood, extreme art-house, porn, comedy, Sci-Fi, trash, zombies. WHAT do you care? ... Now tell me something, Robin: when you fantasies alone, in bed, in the dark do you pay him or her, royalties?

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jimg2000
Jan 03, 2015

Jeff: We at Miramount, want to... want to scan you. All of you, your body, your face, your emotion, your laughter, your tears, your climaxing, your happiness, your depressions, your ... fears, longings. We want to sample you, we want to preserve you, we want ... all this, this ... this thing, this thing called ..."Robin Wright".
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Steve: "No child abuse, no sex, only love story, betrayal, romantic comedy ... no retard ... truly handicapped ...
Jeff: no porn?
Steve: No Holocaust, no Nazis."
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Jeff: Porn? At your age? Nazis and Holocaust bring in awards.
Robin: Awards for whom? For your computer artists?

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