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(Review originally written at 7 December 2007)

Some movies are just impossible to describe and are something you really need to experience for yourself.

"El Topo" is perhaps one of the weirdest, most surrealistic but also most beautiful movie experiences you'll ever experience.

The movie began extremely well and amusing and I liked were the movie was heading to. It was amusing and unusual. I must admit the movie sort of went downhill for me after that, when the movies just got weirder and weirder and less and less things made sense any more. But nevertheless the whole experience and journey of the movie makes this a more than worthwhile one. A real cult western!

It's violent, it's graphic, it has nudity but all set in a surrealistic world, with surrealistic characters and events, so you just know that it's all going to be something special and unusual, rather than just something that tries to shock and also without ever getting over pretentious.

It's a beautifully shot and directed movie. Director Alejandro Jodorowsky did not only directed this, he also played the lead role, wrote, composed, was the production designer and costume designer of the movie. So this movie is completely his work and vision. It's not hard to see why he has such a big and impressive following.

It's hard to describe or say what the movie is about or what Alejandro Jodorowsky tries to achieve with it. It's more a viewing experience that everyone undergoes differently and different conclusion and meanings from it can be drawn by everyone individually. I think this was also Jodorowsky's point.

A true one of a kind movie experience you have to see and undergo for yourself.

8/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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