Playdurizm is the debut feature film by the young artist, Gem Deger, who writes, directs and stars in this avant-garde sci-fi/fantasy/horror.
The strange and frankly nonsensical plot would be impossible to describe properly without writing a detailed outline. However, as a brief summary Playdurizm follows Demir (Deger), a teenager who finds himself caught in either a virtual reality or dream-state (it is unclear) where he lives with his celebrity crush, Andrew.
But Andrew’s violent fetishes soon become too apparent for Demir to ignore, forcing Demir to adapt and uncover hidden truths about himself. It is absolutely possible that another audience member would have a completely different plot description of this film as it is impossible to truly decipher the time or place of each scene, let alone the plot.
It is important to state that this is an extremely traumatic movie to watch and there is particularly triggering content that is explicitly shot. This includes (but is not limited to) love-making over a brutally murdered body, necrophilia and a creepy and masochistic gang-rape scene that last for what seems like an eternity.
Although this film is blatantly not being recommended here, it should be mentioned that not all aspects of the filmmaking were bad. The script and story are senseless with no resolution, but one could perhaps interpret that this film poses the question: ‘how grey is the line between real life and the virtual world, our dreams, and drug fuelled hallucinations?’ This is an interesting premise at least.
The visual and sound quality of the film is of a high standard. The use of electronic/house music and a futuristic soundscape was effective in creating a virtual-reality atmosphere, as was the fluorescent colour pallet. All the main actors including Gem Deger (Demir), Austin Chunn (Andrew) and Issy Stewart (Drew) played their roles with conviction.
It is not surprising to learn that Gem Deger is an artist turned filmmaker. From an artistic perspective Playdurizm is a colourful and psychedelic look at the human mind and the concept of ‘reality’, but as a feature film it is just not story-driven enough with far too much shock value for it to be enjoyable.
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