Ahh! I want to see this so badly!
“Tuvalu” (1999), directed by Veit Helmer
Summary: “In a desolate and colorless landscape stands a dilapidated bathhouse run by a puffed-up blind man, his long-suffering wife, and their son Anton, who does all the work. He’s lonely and unsophisticated, and he falls in love with the beautiful Eva, who comes to bathe with her father. When Eva and her father lose their home, they come to the bathhouse to stay, but bits of the ceiling fall on the old man and he dies. Eva blames Anton, and she seems to seek the arms of the brute Gregor. Can Anton win back her heart, get the bathhouse through a rigorous government inspection, and help keep his parents employed? Waiting out there somewhere is the paradise isle of Tuvalu.”
This film borrows heavily from German Expressionism as well as the avant-garde; it has been compared to Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro’s work (City of Lost Children, Delicatessen), along with David Lynch’s “Eraserhead”. It sports hand tints over black-and-white film and contains very little dialog, which, combined with the decrepit scenery and machines and use of water, makes for a breathtaking and dreamy trailer.
Do you think you could handle a 2-hour colorless movie where nobody speaks?
If you think you can, or you have before, then… er, well good for you. ‘Cause it makes me sad when people balk at movies from the ’70s and say “Oh, that movie is so old!”
Or even worse, “I don’t really like old movies, but The Godfather/A Clockwork Orange/The Warriors/Rocky/Animal House/Star Wars/Xanadu was totally awesome!”
(You see what I did there? Of course you did. Nobody thought Xanadu was awesome.)
P.S. - the song that plays for the second half of the trailer is called “The Mocking Song” by composer Goran Bregovic. He’s pretty amazing. Oh, and he’s worked with Iggy Pop.