“Tomcat” Review ✦✦✦✧✧

10 May, 2017

Director: Händl Klaus
Screenwriter: Händl Klaus
Director of Photography: Gerald Kerkletz
Philipp Hochmair, Lukas Turtur, Toni

Synopsis: An Austrian couple with a passion for music struggle to come to terms with a blow to their relationship after one of them commits a random act of violence and must deal with the unsavoury consequences of his impulsive actions.

Tomcat Review:

A slinking tale of volatile commitment from the mind of an unorthodox storyteller, “Tomcat” sees actions speak louder than words in a stylistically taut but thematically innovative piece of experimental cinema. Made sweeter by the company of a few precious felines, the film purrs and fusses its way to your heart before descending into complete chaos at the hands of an impromptu neck snap. Producing a peculiar but fascinating take on the stresses and strains of romantic relationships, “Tomcat” finds meaning in its own kookiness as a shift in motivations opens the door to observational hysteria.

Relying heavily on an unplanned moment of violence to carry the bulk of its meandering storyline, the film preoccupies itself with a study of impulse and untreated illness as a moment that few would choose to act on is allowed to play out in its entirety. Putting theory into action and standing back to see the results, director Händl Klaus becomes an artistic dictator of sorts as he oversteps the mark for selfish reasons, juxtaposing a promising and passionate beginning with a hostile middle portion, while he watches open-mouthed as disequilibrium informs the shape of his eccentric drama.

Undeniably harsh on even the most invested of viewers, “Tomcat” leaves its initial relationship in tatters, trading hedonism for divergence as its two symphonies clash in a jarring tone. Beginning with music and ending with silence, the movie sees a very clear shift in sensibilities as explicit lovemaking and erect desire morph into stiff bodies and bleeding eye sockets. While observers watch in horror as fate alters direction, “Tomcat” makes sense of its own idiosyncrasies as it stumbles through the cracks of traditional narrative, allowing viewers to wonder whether definitive interpretation is truly necessary in such a car-crash screenplay while putting into question the act of voyeurism itself.


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