Director(s): Jan Svankmajer
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Frank visits his friend Josef, who introduces him to his pedigree rabbits and his wife Mary. Frank is more interested in the slightly unsettling fact that Josef and Marys garden fence is entirely made up of living people holding hands. Finally, Frank asks Josef how he manages to keep the fence together...
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tararockstar (23 May 2013)
When I watched this film I was really struck by the way it caught yourattention immediately in the opening scenes of the film. The way thetwo friends were riding along together in the car just like any otherfriends would but yet you still felt uneasy and you weren't quite surewhy. i remember watching it and almost double guessing myself inwondering if I should be feeling uncomfortable or if it was just me. Bythe time they actually did get to "the garden" I definitely then feltjustified in my perceptions but then a whole bunch of questions cameup. I really enjoyed how the filmmaker gave you enough information tofeel like you were in on the story but yet not fully in on the secret.I think this film made a bold statement about communism and to itsdenial of human freedom. I think this is a film you could watch overand over again and catch something that you did not catch before andmake you think of something you didn't think of before. i think thattruly is film making at its best.
Galina (22 May 2013)
I think that the Czech title of this black/white short film matches itbetter than the English one. "Zahrada" means Fence and the fence in themovie catches our as well as Frank's, the guy who visits with hisfriend Joseph, attention immediately and makes us feel unsettling anduncomfortable. Josef's garden fence, you see, is made up of thestanding and holding hands people, men and women. They just stand theresilently, never complaining and seem to be eager to do a good job fortheir employer. Josef seems to own a very important secret that allowshim to keep his "fence" in good shape and strict order and he whispersit to Frank's ear. We will never find out the secret but it must belife-changing because the next we see - Frank joins the fence and isready to serve to the bearer of the secret. This short film alone makesSvankmajer a lawful heir to the one and only master of surrealism inthe history of Cinema, Don Luis Bunuel. Svankmajer calls himself a"militant Surrealist" - very appropriate.9.5/10
Polaris_DiB (20 May 2013)
This is probably one of the best examples (other than Un Chien Andalou)of what the world "surreal" means. This short contains an extremeamount of unease and yet uncanny personality to it.Two men drive up to an estate together, one man dominates all thetalking. Seems the talkative guy owns a house with a humanshrubbery--people linked together and standing at attention for hourson end, not allowed to move, to speak, or to sleep, and taken care ofby the chattery fella himself. The guest has his own problems with theshrub, wondering about his affinity with it.Jan Svankmajer uses some of his best composition to show just howuncomfortable this situation is. The people are not hidden, nor arethey particularly different--in fact, they are about as various as acity street, all normal but with their own singular choices inclothing. This distinction of personality with the quiet submissivenessof authority is somewhat terrifying, helped along by thematter-of-factness of the camera. Human nature is not denied asexamples of rather unvigilant pieces of the "shrubbery" are related aswell.The movie is appealingly menacing and mysterious, helping it to stickin the mind of the viewer for days to come.Fans of Svankmajer should note the shared image of the comb in thismovie and Svankmajer's latest, Lunacy. The characters in the two moviesare somewhat alike, too, struggling against a seeming insanity andeventually needing to succumb to it.--PolarisDiB
jwj12345 (19 May 2013)
This short film catches you off guard. The film starts with what youare to believe are a couple of friends going for a ride in a car on thecountry side. They are laughing joking with each other. You don'treally get what is going on, but you make assumptions that they aregood friends. Josef is the driver of the car and Frank is thepassenger. After the drive they pull up into a long, one way, dirtdriveway but are stopped right away by a hurse leaving the home. Afterthey arrive at the home, there is a fence around there home madeentirely of people. Alive and well, they are all holding hands. Frankis a little confused by this, but keeps his mouth shut. Josef goes onand on about how great his rabbits are and acting like there is nothingwrong with his "fence." THroughout the film Frank sees an opening inthe fence and sees what is going on. He gets mad at Josef and joins thefence and fills the hole.I like how Jan Svankmajer is making a large poke at the government. Heis making a quite point that this is how they work. They pull you inwith "come see my rabbits" and then you see what is really going on andby the time you want to leave you are already joined in.This is a great short film and has a powerful message. I think it is amust see!
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