While Bertrand is researching his next film, he accidentally locks himself in a coffin, where he is forced to spend the entire night. After the insufferable night passes and Bertrand is freed, he begins to reassess his life. Through this reflection, Bertrand decided to visit a remote, mysterious hideaway where a group of individuals strive for true unfiltered spiritual, mental, and physical pleasure, waging a war against the ways of the modern world. Bertrand Bonnello's On War is a bizarre and pervasive film which confronts the viewer with this strange world, questioning how we should live our lives. It's a personal film no doubt, with the lead actor sharing the same name and profession as the director, with an absurdest approach which is quite similar to Dogtooth, though not nearly as comedic. A complicated film, I would be lying if I said I understood everything Bertrand Bonnello was trying to say. It's a film about purging oneself, with the film asserting the notion that one must truly absolve themselves from society to experience the joy and ecstasy in a truly authentic way. Bonnello seems to suggest that this is not easy, as even the leader of this cult Uma, struggles to truly find what she is looking for. In the end, I believe this is a film about truly finding oneself, and being at peace, not allowing oneself to be swayed or affected by the influences of society. On War is a challenging piece of filmmaking which probably won't sit well with the more passive viewers, but it is no doubt a film that will lead to many discussions.
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