2.5 out of 5 stars
The stop-motion film laid its claim early on as an adult feature with a bunch of expletives and later on, some awkward but very graphic puppet sex. The film is technically meticulous and quite brilliantly executed and there are a few humourously observed moments about hotel showers and other mundanities in life. There is one original visual/audio concept that the film used throughout to great effect but narratively, there are a few frustratingly head scratching moments that were never fully explained or even addressed. The story about a man feeling isolated and disassociated with his bland life is just too slow and unengaging for a more mainstream audience. There is a scene at the end of the film when a young boy was given an antique Japanese doll his father bought in a sex toy shop. He was in turn mystified and unenthusiastic and soon lost interests in it and left. Seeing as this is the LFF Surprise Film this year, I totally empathize with that.