W.R. : Mysteries of the Organism (1971) Review

W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism is the film that triggered director Dusan Makavejev’s exile from Yugoslavia (now Serbia), his home country. The then communist provincial banned the film for sixteen years, opposed to its confrontation with communism, sexuality, and freedom. Makavejev dispersed momentarily after the 1974 Sweet Movie, leaving Yugoslavia and pursuing his film-making career in Europe and North America. But it wasn’t quite the same.

W.R. is both a documentary and a fictional drama; an avant-garde wonder of the fragrant flower. Its strikingly powerful, despite an unconventional plot that shifts almost seamlessly between documentary and fiction romance and eroticism. At times, it is surreal and astonishing, and delicate to understand everything’s affiliation with one other, but it’s better that way.

American dreams. Sexuality. Fucking freely. A doctor deciphering the orgasm. A soviet skater who cannot bear his love for a female radical. It’s a mystery, commenting on all sorts, but twirling back to the thing responsible: the organism. The living thing that slaughters its way through life.

8.5/10

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