Ruben Brandt, Collector

The Plot:

A film noir crime drama borrows from classic crime movies and great works of art to present a psychotherapist who suffers violent nightmares that include images of the greatest paintings in the world. This is affecting his work, and he worries he is in the beginning stages of schizophrenia. To help him, four patients who happen to be expert thieves steal the works from the museums that house them. The rationale? Once he owns them, the nightmares will end. But now he is a wanted criminal known as “The Collector.” Will they be caught? Will his nightmares go away?

Lynn’s Take:

An imaginative thrill ride, “Ruben Brandt, Collector” is an exhilarating animated film that defies description. I just know that I was mesmerized from the first frame – a swirl of abstract art, film noir, masterpiece paintings, pop culture, global adventures, stunning architecture and bizarrely drawn characters.

Written and directed by Hungarian Milorad Krstic, this animated feature, in English, is chock-full of details in a mash-up of styles and scored with an eclectic music mix to present a captivating experience.

Now, the narrative is the weakest link, as the sometimes confusing plot takes a back seat to the visual feast. While the dissatisfying ending will leave some folks cold, I am recommending it for the sheer creative innovations.