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Gripe

David Domingo
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As usual with David Domingo’s films, multiple humorous and fresh situations pile up brilliantly to merge “art and life” in an unpredictable current of quotes from B movies, comic books, TV series, alternative cinema, false documentaries, and home movies. Approaching cinema as a series of improvisations, as entertainment amongst friends without censorship or impositions, his work places the viewer inside and outside of the action, while conventional and conservative society’s customs are questioned, and alternative forms of life are proposed.

The Flu is a postmodern tale made up of different stories, one inside the other. After the roar of Viva, a cat, the production company’s insignia as well as a wonderful parody of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s lion, we observe a situation where two naked characters wait for their clothes to finish washing at a launderette. But we immediately find out that “The Nudist Launderette” is not the film that we are about to see, as the director himself, David Domingo, explains to us, and who, camera in hand, is also naked, and bursts onto the scene like a powerful and omniscient author to tell us that today he will tell us a different story which takes place in the adjoining bedroom, with a couple of musicians.

The flu attacks a young couple. From this starting point, a series of bizarre situations emerge, in the style of amateur and underground cinema, with Manolo Dos taking care of the art direction up to the smallest detail in his kitsch and decadent aesthetic... absolutely hypnotising. A marvellous metaphor for the fear of epidemics (both physical and mental ones), and of the contagion that we live through in our frightened western society.

Interested in the use of found footage, of deconstruction, of filmic detournement, his works are good examples of the most hybridised of postmodern audiovisuals. Personal worlds, fears and passions express themselves in an overflow of associations that appear to be inspired by dreams and visions.

His works remind us of abstract cinema, Duchamp’s films, Man Ray, Maya Deren and Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, Warhol or Jack Smith; but mixed up in a cocktail shaker with B movies, comic books, and the most camp side of television.
 

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Gripe
  • Direction: David Domingo
  • Production: David Domingo. 2005.
  • Team:

    Actors: María Padilla, Carlos Bagán, Bea Pawner, Ana Belén, Manolo Dos, Ximo Kim, José Luis Torrent, Salva Vidal, Carlos Cañadas, Juan Dos, Juan Carlos Usó, Maríia José Esteve, Diego Domínguez, Bea Ernesto, Candy Lips, Nicole, Kiara.
    Director of photography: Manolo Dos

  • Duration: 01:00:10
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Original format: Mini DV
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright