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

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

The film’s short synopsis reads as follows: A love story including a man, a woman and a meat grinder. And where it usually just says «a film by», Farce is introduced as «a terrible film by Robin Jensen». The film, which is produced by the Norwegian animation company Microfilm, certainly delivers on its promise in that respect – notably in terms of content, not quality.

Decadence and brutality

Admittedly, it all starts out somewhat innocently, with a male reindeer herder falling in love with the woman in the nearby house. But when his herd is stolen and he accidentally ends up amidst the thieves, our protagonist discovers a world of decadence and brutality in the big city (being where decadence and violence thrive, obviously). This is a society where meat from questionable sources is devoured in rich amounts while rape porn is produced in the basement – with the kidnapped neighbour as an involuntary participant.

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

One should probably not look for too many layers of meaning in this film, but Farce is nonetheless a fresh and biting satire on the upper classes’ decadence as well as our unrestrained want to satisfy every possible desire – with the occasional ironic hint towards the cute and politically correct tradition of animated films it relies on. And yet the film manages to tell a relatively sweet love story. It is all terribly well done.

Translated from the original via NY TID