Chain

2004 | 01:39:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Architecture, Consumer culture, Environment, Experimental Film, Gender

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As regional character disappears and corporate culture homogenizes our surroundings, it's increasingly hard to tell where you are. In Chain, malls, theme parks, hotels and corporate centers worldwide are joined into one monolithic contemporary "superlandscape" that shapes the lives of two women caught within it. One is a corporate businesswoman set adrift by her corporation while she researches the international theme park industry. The other is a young drifter, living and working illegally on the fringes of a shopping mall. Cohen contrives to turn the entire planet into a stretch of New Jersey commercial property--a universe that feels entirely real yet has the distinct smack of J.G. Ballard otherness.

"Jem Cohen's Chain is a hypnotic, highly original piece about what it's like to live in the new global corporate landscape."

--Daily Telegraph

"Dreamlike... transforms a mundane world into something strange and new... formidable power... fierce political intelligence."

---Village Voice