Sergio Caballero's The Distance is as crazy as it sounds on paper - Three telekinetic dwarves, each of which has their own unique special power, are hired to steal 'The Distance' by an imprisoned artist. The film follows the seven days leading up to the heist, with the Dwarves surveilling the location as they formulate a plan to get by the mutant security guard who is capable of dimension shifting and spends a lot of time talking with a supernatural chimney. The Distance is a creative, unapologetically strange experience that uses beautiful cinematograpy and absurd humor to deliver one of the most unique film's of the year. Consisting of a dark grey pallette and slow, mechanical camera movements, The Distance is reminiscient of Tarkovsky's Stalker in the cold atmosphere it creates. Of course this film couldn't be more different in tone than Tarkovsky, consisting of absurdist humor and oddball antics that combine with unnerving surrealist touches that beckon more towards some of Lynch's work. The Distance creates a completely unique world around this oddball tale, hinting at backstories and history between its characters but never feeling the need to spell anything out. If the film has more grand intentions they went over my head but I believe this is simply a film meant more to be experiences than understood. Endlessly creative and intentionally obtuse, Sergio Caballero's The Distance is a film that is sure to infuriate as many viewers as it entertains, but for those willing to give in to its oddball charms, The Distance is an absurdist treat.
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