The Last Days of Emma Blank | Chicago Reader

The Last Days of Emma Blank

An old-school exercise in theater of the absurd, this fitfully amusing Dutch feature centers on a house in the country and the imperious matron who presides over it. Eager to inherit her fortune, her family members have allowed her to press them into service: her husband is the butler, her sister the cook, her daughter the maid, her nephew the handyman, and her brother (writer-director Alex van Warmerdam) the family dog, who humps people’s legs, shits in the yard, and gets locked outside in the rain. I looked at three DVD screeners of this sucker without being able to get to the end credits and ultimately watched the last 30 minutes on a computer at the publicist’s front desk; when the UPS man showed up and asked if there were any packages, I began to wonder whether I was watching the movie or participating in it. In Dutch with subtitles. 89 min.

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