Cinema: Rule Insanity Bliss

Directed by Ray Lawrence Screenplay by Ray Lawrence and Peter Carey

Outrage and ecstasy are in short supply these days. The first emotion is too righteous for the Age of Ambiguity; the second has been debased into the brand name of an upscale drug. So it is salutary for a film to examine and embrace those anachronistic, ever-so-'60s extremes. Bliss wants to pose the biggest questions -- about life, death and the twilight state in between that passes for existence -- in the weirdest way. It fulminates like a bag-lady savant on the toxic dangers of technology and moral compromise. It has big, randy dreams about its hero's search for a bucolic...

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