Set in the 1950s, Goldblum's Wallace Fiennes is
based on real-life lobotomist Walter Freemanan, an evangelist of
the operation that consisted of hammering spikes into patients'
brains through their eye sockets to sever their prefrontal
Fiennes befriends Andy, a troubled young man played by "Ready
Player One" star Tye Sheridan, who becomes his assistant and
photographer as he travels from hospital to hospital. The doctor
spends his free time drinking and womanizing.
"Iím drunken and picking up women for distraction - not
necessarily for their wholesome benefit .. and itís not so
nice," Goldblum told Reuters in an interview at the Venice Film
Festival where the movie is in competition for the Golden Lion.
A far cry from the blockbuster "Jurassic Park" franchise, "The
Mountain" is a slow-paced film that writer-director Rick
Alverson made deliberately obtuse to force viewers to "wrestle"
with to find its true meaning.
"Itís an anti-utopian film. Itís a consideration of the Western,
and in this case particularly American, impulse to lunge
unbridled into a future without consideration of the
ramifications," Alverson said.
Set in 1954, the movie is a meditation of the end of the
all-powerful white male in America with relevance for the Trump
era, he told Reuters.
"Thereís a romanticizing the era of the 50s," Alverson said.
"The slogans of the ruling party in the States - the 'Make
America Great Again' slogan Ė that America that they are trying
to make great again was only great for a small ... segment of
the population Ė white males ... (with) suppression of freedoms
for much of the rest of the population."
Goldblum, who called the film an "epic poem" and an x-ray into
the American psyche, said the lobotomy procedure - which was
eventually discredited - was a metaphor for toxic masculinity,
as it was often used "on women who, during the 50s, were thought
to be needed to be mollified".
"Itís a mistaken and primitive way that hopefully we are
correcting but, as we know, it still needs correction."
(Reporting by Robin Pomeroy; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
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