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Plot: In a dystopian future, a mild-mannered government agent travels to a remote farmhouse to audit the dreams of an ageing artist.
Release Date: In select cinemas and on demand from 16th September.
Director(s): Kentucker Audley & Albert Birney.
Cast: Penny Fuller, Kentucker Audley, Grace Glowicki, Reed Birney, Linas Phillips.
BBFC Certificate: 12A.
Running Time: 90 mins.
Country Of Origin: USA.
Language: English.
Review By: Paula Hammond.
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Film Rating
 
 
 
 
 
5/ 5


 

Bottom Line


Something wonderful.


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Posted September 13, 2022 by

 
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The very best genre films are those that engage us, entertain us, and enlighten us—and Strawberry Mansion ticks all those boxes with aplomb. 

In the not-too-distant future, an all-seeing surveillance state conducts dream audits to collect taxes on the unconscious lives of the populace. Mild-mannered government agent James Preble (Kentucker Audley) travels to a remote farmhouse to audit the dreams of Arabella “Bella” Isadora (Penny Fuller), an eccentric, ageing artist. Entering Bella’s vast VHS archive, which contains a lifetime of dreams, Preble stumbles upon a secret that offers him a chance at love and a life less ordinary.

Full of wild dreamscapes and imaginative low-fi effects, this playful film is packed with invention, charm, and ideas. Part part dystopian sci-fi, part slipstream daydream, part love story, Strawberry Mansion has all the hallmarks of a film that’s destined to become a hit via work-of-mouth, rather than any flashy ad campaign.

Despite its occasionally rambling storytelling, and over-long surreal sequences, there’s a wistful longing underlying Strawberry Mansion that is heard to ignore. It tugs at the heart-strings, it inspires, and, ultimately leaves us with hope. The result is something wonderful. 

Strawberry Mansion in select cinemas and on demand 16th September.


Paula Hammond - Features Editor

 
Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com


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