The Holy Mountain

The Holy Mountain ★★★★½

I feel like it's a disservice for me to attempt to dissect this film in anyway given that for the most part although I was in awe of the symbolism and extraordinary visuals of this film I didn't understand alot of it.

Perhaps to some if you can't understand the film that what purpose does it serve. I think in the case of The Holy Mountain it's purpose is to provide an experience, a journey which both the characters and the viewer take with one and other, the characters undergo great trials whilst we as spectators are challenged in how we watch and observe, Alejandro Jodorowsky provides us with unique and abstract scenarios which can be humorous or intensely gruesome, phallic or purely confronting. In any case we as the audience are given something new.

However putting aside any deeper meaning, on the surface The Holy Mountain is still a epic, exhilarating visual feast which is often comedic and often profound.

Whichever way you want to view it, The Holy Mountain is a masterpiece in the true sense of the word. Testing the boundaries of cinema technically, narratively and thematically it's impact is undeniable.

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