A man is hoping to meet the woman from his dreams as he wanders around the stormy Antarctica, when all of the sudden he stumbles into a Chicken store. He enters in hope of getting a nice roasted chicken, but ends up having the most important meeting of his life when he meets the store owner. This is just the beginning of a discussion leading into a multi dimensional exploration of chicken, sex and philosophy.
It seems like it's been forever since I started hyping about Carlos Atanes' new flick. If there is one thing that Atanes' name guarantees, then it is that you'll have an experience unlike any other. Except maybe like his other films. But that's a good thing! After some issues and delays with "Gallino, the Chicken System" arriving for review, I finally got a chance to check it out. Luckily I most definitely got the trip I had hoped for. It might need to cool down in my mind, but thus far it seems to be exceeding most of his previous work in terms of entertainment.
Alucinio is lost in the snowy Antarctic desert, saddened after having been betrayed by a woman that he knew from his dreams. Walking aimlessly he finally sees a place where he can get something to eat - hopefully some roasted chicken. But the place, a Chicken shop, does not serve roasted chicken. But his travels are not in vain, because it turns out the owner, The Poulterer, has quite a few things to share with him. Alucinio is introduced to a world of multi dimensions, pornoglasses with pornoscopic vision, the Chicken King, Gropius Cantor the filmmaker so underground that he makes invisible movies, fistfucking chickens, and a ton of chicken grease. It's pornophilosophy. Alucinio's wild meeting will ultimately leave him facing with the most important question of his life.
Carlos Atanes as a filmmaker improves with each creation, and by that I specifically mean that he can tell his wild stories in more sensible matter. Make no mistake, "Gallino, the Chicken System" is not made to be understood, nor will it be understood. But as this movie is filling our minds with absurdist comedy, sci-fi, fantasy, philosophy, highly stylistic set designs and over-sexualized uses of chicken, there is something else going on. An indescribable reflection and exploration of the lines between dream and reality. It's sinks into your unconscious and prepares you for an epiphany that never comes. And that feeling stays there. You're on the verge of figuring it out, but it's blocking you. And that's why I couldn't keep my eyes off of it.
The dialogue between Alucinio and the Poulterer is one of the highlights in Atanes' career, not just the very eye-catching set that brings to mind the claustrophobic horror of John Carpenter's "The Thing". No, but because no matter how much of it seems to be nonsense, there are so many tricks left to be shown, and so many points left to be made. Can we relate to this, or is it just an absurdist messing with us? When we have three pornstar Godesses talking to them from the skies, I can't help but feel like maybe - just maybe - this is real life.
There is a reason why Carlos Atanes is one of the premier underground filmmakers. He makes utterly insane, funny and thought-out pieces of works that will never fully leave your mind. It may or may not mean something, but that's besides the point. The same thing goes for one of the most important pieces of film history, "Un Chien Andalou". That hasn't kept it from being of great importance. "Gallino, the Chicken System" crawls into your mind and plants pieces of greasy, fistfucked roasted chicken. Carlos Atanes is a madman, but a very lovely madman with a great vision for hyper-philosophical surrealistic sci-fi/comedies, and he does not disappoint his fans with "Gallino, the Chicken System". When he advertised it as a pornophilosophical film, he knew exactly what he was doing. It's possible that Carlos Atanes will now always be known as the guy who made "Gallino, the Chicken System", above everything else.