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Fando & Lis (1967)

Cast: Maria Teresa Rivas, Maria Teresa Rivas
Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alejandro Jodorowsky
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Studio: Fantoma
Genre: Foreign, Experimental/Avant-Garde, Latin America, Mexico
Running Time: 183 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English, French
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This title is currently out of print.

Fando and Lis are a young couple who embark on a journey to the city of Tar. Lis is handicapped and is aided by Fando who pulls her along in a wagon or carries her in his arms as they encounter a series of offbeat characters and situations: a man plays a burning piano in a dump surrounded by dancers. A girl eats a rose, and three men and a child huddle under an umbrella as someone cracks eggs over their heads. The couple frequently quarrels as they struggle to complete their symbolic journey. ~ Dan Pavlides, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Body paint and lost dreams by wes2666 September 28, 2004 - 10:31 PM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
A love poem between two paralytics, both damaged by childhood trauma. Fando was controlled by a father who promised to transform himself rather than be replaced by his son. Lis is so afraid of sex that she is paralyzed from the waist down. Both were raised by artists and now they are lost between dream and reality--looking for a fabled city. You can easily get lost in the symbolism, but don't let any reductive interpretation take away from the film's richness.

If you want an explanation, the "family-tree" therapy section of Constellation Jorodowsky (the documentary that accompanies the feature) gives a good idea of the director's ideas.

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Arty Retardy
the name says it all
surreal & ideal
Guarenteed to make you think, spin, laugh, or just turn off the telly in disgust of the images or pretense. Some of my favorite films. Unavailable that should be on list include: The Wild Wild World of Jane Mansfield, The Reflecting Skin, Salo.

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