Dave's Rating:

4.5

… has to be seen to be believed.

Who's in It: Amira Casar, Gottfried John, Assumpta Serna, César Saracho

The Basics: An opera singer is murdered onstage, and her corpse is reanimated by the murderer so she'll perform his "diabolical opera." That's when he calls on the piano tuner of earthquakes — don't ask me what that means — to tune the seven freaky musical automata that will accompany her. The opera singer, now an amnesiac, sees a familiarity in the piano tuner and falls for him. But is it meant to be? Only the Bizarro-World script knows for sure.

What's the Deal? Attention all weirdo people who enjoy — no, make that need — weirdo movies like this one. It's from the Brothers Quay who made the equally odd Institute Benjamenta, and you're going to love every second of its deliberately strange world.

Three Great Tastes in One: Get ready for puppetry, live action and animation all mixed together. My favorite bit includes a bunch of gardeners performing their jobs like a ballet. And the automata music machines' borderline-repulsive construction — fungus, flywheels, teeth, bones and I don't know what else — has to be seen to be believed.

For Fans of: Brazil, The City of Lost Children, those old Tool music videos, movies where stories based on "real" human stuff aren't on the menu

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