The Holy Mountain

The Holy Mountain ★★★

This drug logic menagerie of sex, violence, religion and politics fomented within an alchemist’s psychedelic wonderland, is truly extraordinary, by which I mean out of the ordinary, rather than great. The wordless first half hour is brilliant, but it becomes increasingly tiresome as its vision cedes to a carnivalesque, narrative-driven satire, which is by turns indulgent and grotesque. The dialogue is dreadful, possibly deliberately so, but it’s such a let down next to the film’s visual inventiveness. Ultimately it’s a film of remarkable parts, like a cross between Fellini, Bunuel, Monty Python and Marvel, with a bit of  David Attenborough thrown in for good measure. But none of it coheres without the (sadly untested) assistance of hallucinogenics.

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