The Incident (2014)
August 11, 2017 10:02 PM - Subscribe

Two parallel stories about people trapped in illogical endless spaces: two brothers and a detective locked on an infinite staircase, and a family locked on an infinite road...for over 35 years. Written and directed by Nihilist Arby's Isaac Ezban. Spanish language, currently on Netflix.
posted by fleacircus (8 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Holy shit, this movie.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:21 PM on August 13


This movie is what happens when you give a Dali painting dialogue.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 3:48 PM on August 13


More like an Escher drawing.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 3:54 PM on August 13


I love (well, "love" = am still kind of haunted and disturbed by) the fucking accumulation of garbage, the disgustingness of all the disposable shit, the brother's daily reminder of the inhaler. What do you do in the face of futility, and what is life, anyway..
posted by fleacircus at 4:48 PM on August 13


I thought this was really interesting until the movie stopped dead for about 15 solid minutes to explain exactly what was going on. I still liked it more than I didn't, but I really think it would have been much better to leave the mechanics unexplained and let the viewer puzzle together what was happening.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the filmmaker stated in an interview that "...the biggest influence on my film of all was the TV show Lost! The film is full of references to Lost."
posted by tomorrowromance at 7:34 AM on August 14 [5 favorites]


I was super worried about where they were gonna poop in that stairwell.
posted by Ennis Tennyone at 7:20 AM on August 18 [1 favorite]


tomorrowromance: "I thought this was really interesting until the movie stopped dead for about 15 solid minutes to explain exactly what was going on. I still liked it more than I didn't, but I really think it would have been much better to leave the mechanics unexplained and let the viewer puzzle together what was happening."

Yeah, the whole thing was like square wave of drama. First third mediocre Outer Limits episode, middle third genuinely horrifying exploration of endless mind-numbing ritual, last third straight infodump of confusing and incoherent mythology. (Boy, was that middle third something, though.)

"Perhaps unsurprisingly, the filmmaker stated in an interview that "...the biggest influence on my film of all was the TV show Lost! The film is full of references to Lost.""

Does ripping off Giacchino's score throughout the final act count as a reference? :/
posted by Rhaomi at 12:20 AM on August 19 [1 favorite]


For those interested in the director's work another of his films, THE SIMILARS, is also on Netflix.

It has some of the same problems as THE INCIDENT: namely a "student-filmy" vibe, (had me yelling at the screen a couple of times); but still interesting and worth watching if you like Sci-Fi/Twilight Zone/Outer Limits stuff.
posted by jettloe at 1:41 PM on August 19 [1 favorite]


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