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Factory worker Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is a seemingly calm, somewhat shy young man who can't hurt a fly. He is always friendly and helpful and lives for his work and his pets. What his environment doesn't know is that Jerry actually has to take heavy psychiatric drugs to keep his schizophrenia under control. But Will Jerry didn't. Although he promises his therapist Dr. Warren (Jacki Weaver) to take his tablets, he has already stopped taking them long ago. Because if he doesn't take the medication, then he can talk to his lovely dog Bosco and his somewhat spoiled tomcat Mr. Whiskers. And Jerry just won't let me take that away from him. So far he has come to terms with the situation well and has been able to suppress all the negative effects of his illness. But when he falls in love with the attractive accountant Fiona (Gemma Arterton), the voices in his head start to go crazy and his carefully guarded life threatens to get completely out of control...
With "The Voices" director Marjane Satrapi has delivered a film that differs in almost every respect from her previous works "Persepolis" and "Chicken with Plums". In the horror comedy, most of which is filmed in Germany, she focuses less on an artistically playful production than on bizarre and quirky humour, which is replaced in the second half by the increasingly gloomy tone of the story. The whole thing has a very promising beginning: the look of the movie is slightly overstyled and thus creates a very special, very unusual atmosphere. There are some very funny moments, even though the sayings of Mr. Whiskers sometimes seem a bit too harsh. And Ryan Reynolds, as an eccentric in love, cuts a really good figure, while his beloved Gemma Arterton perfectly embodies the object of desire.
The theme of schizophrenia wrapped up in a bloody horror comedy, Satrapi does an excellent job in the scenes that show the discrepancy between what Jerry perceives and what reality looks like. It's these moments that make it clear that "The Voices" isn't just silly clothes, but actually tells a very sad story about a highly disturbed person. The contrast that this creates is very intense, but could not work for some viewers precisely because of this. Because while the gags - no matter if the dirty dialogues of the politically incorrectly talking cat or the conversations with separated heads - are kept rather light and simple, the level of the story hidden among them is overwhelmed with an enormous heaviness.
No question, "The Voices" is a very unusual, original and over long distances also entertaining film, at least for genre fans. Unadapted, macabre and really well played, this weird work will definitely remain in your memory for a long time. But in the end there remains the feeling that Marjane Satrapi didn't get everything out of the basic idea and that she stepped too hard on the brakes towards the end. Even though there are some bad jokes already, the humor should have been even more disrespectful (and not more obscene), biting and uncompromising in order for the story to work properly. Nevertheless: if you like it a bit bizarre and macabre, if you don't expect too much because of the original idea and if you like Ryan Reynolds in general, you should get involved in this trip - if possible in the English original version, in which Reynolds also lent his voice to Bosco and Mr. Whiskers. Worth seeing
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