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Nasty, even brutish in tone but enjoyably playful in form, Alex van Warmerdam's dryly comic 1997 Dutch feature recounts the life story of a dress, from designer through various owners—creating a shaggy-dog ambience that recalls at times the “automatic writing” and delirium of continuity proposed by Luis Buñuel's The Phantom of Liberty. Van Warmerdam's misanthropy and cavalier notions about rape are a far cry from Buñuel's mordant humanism, but his freewheeling narrative style and gallows humor are lively and unpredictable. If you're in the mood for something different, check this one out. In Dutch with subtitles. 103 min.

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