The Congress

A live action/animation hybrid from Ari Folman

The digitized dehumanization of the movie biz is one of the existential themes broached in this live action/animation hybrid from Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir). A brave Robin Wright (perfect) plays a fictitious version of herself, a temperamental, bridge-burning actress whose only option is to sell the rights to a digitized form of her person and never act again.

Decades later (45 minutes in), she visits a trippy “restricted animation zone” populated only by fellow celebrity avatars.  This admittedly ambitious, narratively murky, and largely humorless experiment will dazzle some and baffle others. Japanese title: Congress Miraigakukaigi. (122 min)