Collective: Unconscious

A man and his grandmother hide out from an ominous broadcast. The Grim Reaper hosts a TV show. The formerly incarcerated recount and reinterpret their first days of freedom. A suburban mom's life is upturned by the beast growing inside of her. And a high school gym teacher runs drills from inside a volcano. What happens when five of independent film's most adventurous filmmakers join together to literally adapt each other’s dreams for the screen?


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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...

  • ★★★★½ review by nateezell on Letterboxd

    One of the most original anthologies I've ever seen. These films were so different, but not thematically or jarringly so. They were all good. They all spoke to different archetypes, but also they all had a very grounded, and accessible story (and emotion and cultural role) to tell. It was Black Mirrorish in a way, but original and not leaning on bleakness. There is reality here. And some ugly truths. My wife and I are going to be talking about these films for a while.

  • ★★★★★ 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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