Collective: Unconscious

Collection of five shorts based on the filmmakers' dreams.


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  • ★★★★½ review by Martin Jensen on Letterboxd

    Collective:Unconscious is the rare anthology film where each segment is equally strong. Held together by dream logic, it connects universal, primal fears (loneliness, social humiliation, motherhood, death) and familiar forms (black and white 'art film', music video, teen drama, '90s game show, horror film) with the bizarrely specific details personal to each dreamer/director. At the same time, we don't dream in a vacuum; across all the segments there are undercurrents and sometimes overtones of social critique along gender and racial lines. It is a wholly unnerving, disturbing, even profound insight into the subconscious, an experiment I hope will be repeated.

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  • ★★★★ review by Sean Hillary on Letterboxd

    MDFF 2016

    Saw this again, such a great experience. Eager to return to it more and more. Might be my favorite of the fest...

  • ★★★★ review by Marisa on Letterboxd

    apart from the clunky transitions between each short that didn't really need to be there, this worked so well. the last two were my personal faves.

  • ★★★★★ review by Mac on Letterboxd

    Was initially put-off by the third section and what seemed like unnecessary talkiness. Quickly got back on board — everything is beautiful except for the frame interviews.

  • ★★★★½ review by Zoë on Letterboxd

    the only thing I disliked was the parts between each story, the wrap around? I guess? w/ the 'hypnotist'. loved it otherwise. The 3rd was my personal fave.

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