FILM INFO: An experimental film. Life, Death, Destruction and reconstruction.
WRITTEN BY: Nic Nassuet DIRECTED BY: Nic Nassuet GENRE: Experimental TIME: 5 minutes.
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CHRYSALIS ( 2017 )
It's not that I wanted to like "CHRYSALIS" from writer, director, Nic Nassuet... I wanted to love it. I always get excited when I read up on a film, and find out it's an experimental project. A potential journey into alternate sights and sounds. Different ways to present a story, fresh ideas on the visualizations, and plays on our senses. I truly wanted to love this title and yet... I couldn't. "CHRYSALIS" is simply much too experimental. I can't even manage to write a proper description... and, I even ended up watching it twice! That's the interesting thing here, and what saves this film from being a complete disaster. You may not completely understand what is happening onscreen... yet it's compelling enough to keep watching. As a matter of fact, you could find it hard to drag your eyes away from the strangeness this film visualizes. Let me be crystal clear. This is "not" a bad film. It manages to keep you watching, and because of this it ends up being an "average" adventure. This is only achieved by it's eerie representation however, as I wrote above... I could find no real coherent story. Save maybe a vague concept. By the way, that concept happens to be death and birth. Or as the description on the video page reads... destruction and reconstitution. I have no doubt Nic Nassuet understands what is happening. Maybe you will as well... I did not. Equally important is that Mr. Nassuet seems to realize this may be considered really hard to follow. The film description is strangely lacking any real story details, and simply describes the film, in numerous different ways, as experimental. It almost reads like an apology to possible viewers before the fact. Although I can't deny the interesting visuals and what-not, I also can't help but think a child could randomly piece images together and get the same effect. Maybe that's a little extreme, but it's just an analogy. I can't really comment on anything technical with this production. Since it's all filters, colors and strange effects... what am I to write? I can write on the use of audio, making even the simplest of images feel creepy and unsettling. I can also comment on the cool location. Tombs beneath an Egyptian museum. Aside from that, I really don't have any further comments. Overall, "CHRYSALIS" was simply much too over-the-top experimental. Although interesting, the reason I consider this an average film, it's just massively hard to understand. For some, this could be the coolest thing about it. They probably think I'm crazy for portraying this as an average title. To each his own right? My fear for this movie is that not many people will get it. More to the point, the average John Smith won't even give it two minutes of their time. For those that do take the plunge, there is no question you'll be left uneasy by the time the film is over. You just may not know completely why. "CHRYSALIS" is an interesting journey into experimental film. Just not for everyone.