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Junk

Borrowing stylistically from Godard, this 1999 experimental feature by Roddy Bogawa ponders the relationship between nature and industrial decay as well as the pervasiveness of technological surveillance. The slim narrative thread involves a man who wanders a desolate urban landscape picking up discarded electronic equipment and reassembles it in his apartment. He becomes romantically involved with a young woman he meets in a theater, who may or may not be part of an anarchist plot to foster terrorism. I'm not sure how the political angle fits in, but Bogawa seems to suggest that in our eagerness to play God we've turned much of the world into a junk heap. The film contains some striking and poetic imagery, but its tedious stretches and often pretentious voice-overs work against it. 85 min.

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