Alice Rohrwacher’s La Chimera: A Dreamlike Exploration of Life and Death

Alice Rohrwacher’s playful, rambling new film follows a man who robs graves to find his way into the next world.

The Dreamlike Journey of Arthur Harrison

Alice Rohrwacher’s latest film, La Chimera, takes viewers on a whimsical and thought-provoking journey into the life of Arthur Harrison, a man with a peculiar talent for robbing graves in search of ancient Etruscan artifacts. From the very beginning, the film immerses us in a dreamlike state, blurring the lines between reality and the supernatural.

Arthur, portrayed by the talented Josh O’Connor, is a former archaeologist haunted by his past exploits. His quest to unearth treasures buried with the dead leads him to a strange limbo between this world and the next. The refrain "These are not meant for human eyes" echoes throughout the movie, emphasizing the otherworldly nature of Arthur's pursuits.

The Reader's Guide

The Quirky World of La Chimera

As we delve deeper into Arthur's world, we encounter a colorful cast of characters that add depth and richness to the story. From the enigmatic Flora, played by Isabella Rossellini, to the boisterous tomb raiders Arthur associates with, each character brings a unique energy to the narrative.

Rohrwacher's signature style, blending naturalistic performances with elements of magical realism, creates a captivating tapestry of emotions and experiences. The film is a feast for the senses, filled with folk ballads, playful asides, and bursts of slapstick comedy that keep viewers on their toes.

An Ode to Italian Cinema

La Chimera pays homage to the rich tradition of Italian cinema, drawing inspiration from luminaries like Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Federico Fellini. The film's subtle references to iconic moments in Italian film history add layers of meaning and depth to the narrative.

Rohrwacher's masterful storytelling weaves together past and present, myth and reality, creating a tapestry of emotions that resonate long after the credits roll. La Chimera is more than just a film; it is a testament to the enduring power of cinema to transport us to other worlds and explore the mysteries of life and death.

Join Arthur on his quest to unlock the secrets of the past and discover a future beyond imagination. La Chimera is a cinematic experience like no other, inviting viewers to ponder the eternal questions that have plagued humanity since the beginning of time.

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Fateh Muhammad

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