Masterful work by Greenaway, this really is a one-of-a-kind film. Everything from the narrative to the visuals is equal parts stunning and unique. There's certainly a Cronenberg-esque element to all this (Crash? Dead Ringers?) but even more visceral. The viewer descend into the brothers' world of obsession with order and decay, which is hauntingly portrayed. It explores the effect that loss has on one's perspective and the realization that nobody really understands death.
El Conde is a bold and audacious film that takes a unique approach to its subject matter.
A darkly fascinating satire, Larraín's decision to portray Pinochet as a vampire is both provocative and insightful. It allows him to explore the dark side of human nature and the corrupting influence of power in a way that is both ridiculous yet entertaining and almost thought-provoking. Unfortunately, the film began to fall apart near the end and stumbles in terms of character motivation and fails to solidify its momentum consistently.