SOCIETY: A grotesque, unrestrained and entertaining satire of the modern-day decadence and decadence.
Aleksander Huser
Huser is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
Published date: March 21, 2020

The ten-minute Norwegian animated film Farce won the Grimstad Terje Vigen Prize (which is regarded as the festival’s prestigious «second prize») at last year’s Short Film Festival and was also awarded with the Fredrikstad Animation Festival’s prize for the best Nordic-Baltic Short Film. Now it has been selected for the short film program at Sundance.

The film’s exemplary «tagline» reads as follows: A man, a woman and a meat grinder. Love is bloody serious. And where it’s usually just called «a movie by», it says at the beginning that it’s «a terrible movie by Robin Jensen». The film, which is produced by the company Microfilm, holds absolutely what it promises in that way – well to note when it comes to content, not quality.

Decadent environment

Admittedly, it all starts out pretty innocent where we meet a male reindeer herder who falls in love with the woman in the nearby house. However, when her herd is stolen – and he himself inadvertently ends up among the thieves – he discovers a brutal and decadent environment in the big city – because that’s where the brutality and decadence thrive. Here, it is milled into meat by questionable sources while rape pornography is being produced in the basement – with the kidnapped neighbor as an involuntary participant.

Farce is a burlesque and wonderfully grotesque little sequences of a movie, which successfully combines a naivistic animation style (consisting of various techniques) with disturbing close-ups of real meatloaf, abrasive mouths, and other parts of human anatomy.

One should hardly attach too much heartfelt content to the film, but it is just as fresh a bit about today’s unrestrained quest to satisfy absolutely every desire – with the occasional ironic hint of the innocent and politically correct animated film tradition it relies on. And in the midst of all this, it tells a relatively sweet love story. It’s basically terribly well done.

Translated from the original via NY TID

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