Episode 30 – Swiss Army Man

While being probably the weirdest movie of 2016, Daniels debut surrealist comedy SWISS ARMY MAN was also exactly the right kind of movie for Aharon and Liisa.

Swiss Army Man is the debut feature film by two friends called Daniels about a man and a corpse on a magical surrealist adventure. Many also knows it as the movie in which Harry Potter’s corpse farts endlessly. We didn’t really know what to expect from it. But in the end it turned out to be one of the best movies of 2016. Honest.

Despite the juvenile humor and bizarre concept (and probably because of these) it incorporates some the most earnest and emotional film making in a long while. All the while separating itself from the majority of films with its originality.

We explore our thoughts, experiences and interpretations about the absurd journey and how it stand out in the long history of cinema. Liisa has a definite compartment with F.W. Murnau and I have theory of how the film reflects every individual viewer in the audience and their personal position in society.

Spoilers: We don’t talk about the story in any way other than describe the premise, so don’t worry if you have not seen it.


Timeline

  • [00:00] – Introduction
  • [03:30] – The earnest filmmaking
  • [07:20] – Liisa’s experience
  • [11:20] – The Daniels
  • [16:30] – Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano
  • [18:50] – Liisa’s comparisment with F. W. Murnau
  • [29:00] – An example of our time
  • [32:30] – Individual interpretation
  • [36:30] – Refrigerator people
  • [40:00] – Aharon’s interpretation
  • [50:00] – For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • [51:00] – Liza the Fox-Fairy
  • [1:01:20] – Independent filmmaking
  • [1:04:20] – The points

Movies and books we mention