Being John Malkovich

{5/5} “Do you see what a metaphysical can of worms this portal is?”

Being John Malkovich, released in 1999

Craig, a puppeteer, gets a job at a filing company on floor 7 1/2 of an office building. He finds a hole behind a filing cabinet. Astonishingly, this hole leads to John Malkovich’s head. In other words, anyone who goes through the hole will see what John Malkovich sees and feel what John Malkovich feels.

It’s a very bizarre movie, but it has its own internal logic. I wish I could watch it again for the first time to be astonished by its uniqueness.

Some of it is funny, some of it is disturbing, and a lot of it is absurd. It’s about puppetry, being someone else, and living forever.

John Malkovich didn’t agree to be in the movie the first time they asked him, or the second — but I’m glad he did agree.

Written by Charlie Kaufman (Anomalisa).

Stars John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Katherine Keener, and Orson Bean. Directed by Spike Jonze (Her). The mysterious music is by Carter Burwell.

This is the 3rd or 4th time I’ve seen it.

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