Film Review: MECANIX (2003)

Film Review: MECANIX (2003)

Sep 24, 2018

IMDb: Mécanix (2003)
Director: Rémy M. Larochelle
Stars: Stéphane Bilodeau, Julie-Anne Côté, Philippe Chabot

Mécanix (2003)  is one of those surreal arthouse type films that should go down in underground history. This Canadian film, written in French, with English subtitles was Directed by Rémy M. Larochelle, and distributed by Unearthed Films. At one hour and ten minutes, Mécanix isn’t going to drain the energy of those people that refuse to read subtitled films. A great thing for fans not looking to mix reading and viewing is the fact that there isn’t much to read in the first place. Most of the speaking is done in small chunks, after long visceral sequences of visual eye fucking. It is a film that really doesn’t even need the narration or dialogue, even though it did help with some of the interpretation surrounding the bizarre imagery.

Mécanix mixes the look of old silent films, with sets that look like a stage play, all the while mixing live action actors with stop motion creature effects. It is one of the coolest mixtures of animation and live action that I have ever seen, granted I can’t really ethically compare it to Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. This film is dark, morbid, and inventive, so I’m not hating on Roger Rabbit here. This film just seems to be possessed by an evil force that would make David Lynch and David Cronenberg proud. It was also obviously inspired by some of the early work of these directors and many others within their genre.

When I try to put this film into perspective for the specific collector it is tough at first. I love these types of films. If you like films like 964 Pinocchio, Eraserhead, Begotten, When Black Birds Fly, and Lung II, you would love to jump at this film. It is a strangely moving film that seems like a darker version of The Matrix was created by any of your favorite surrealist filmmakers.

I love this film because the animation is creepy. The narration is haunting, telling a bizarre and memorable story in frightening fashion. I can see many of my favorite filmmakers within the frames of this maniacal story.

Mécanix is available on the Unearted Films website: