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"To those dark horses with the spirit to look up and see. . . a recondite family awaits. " Welcome to the Jejune Institute, a mind-bending San Francisco phenomenon where 10,000 people became "inducted" without ever quite realizing what they'd signed up for. Was it a cult? Was it an elaborate game? Told from the participants’ perspectives, this film looks over the precipice at an emergent new art form where real world and fictional narratives collide, creating unforeseen and often unsettling consequences. Fusing elements of counter-culture, new religious movements and street art, this film invites viewers into a secret underground world teeming just beneath the surface of everyday life.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 17
- Fresh: 12
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 6.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: "The Institute" stumbles between documentary and exploratory simulation, at once confusing and pedantic.
Fresh: Mystery is part of the appeal.
Fresh: Rarely have I felt so absorbed by a movie about people I found so incredibly annoying.
Fresh: McCall does a skillful job of reconstructing this hipster-centric game, though much of the proceedings still come off as one of those "you had to be there" affairs.
To those Dark Horses
Anyone who has ever felt urban life is boring, unimaginative, or lacking playfulness must see this film. THE INSTITUTE sums up years of Nonchalnace effervescence into a stirring picture, which will make you yearn to relive Socio-Reengineering Seminar 2011 and bring back that childlike sense of wonder. Eva bless.
For Curious Minds
An incredibly intriguing piece of film making, The Institute is a real life version of "The Game", with dashes of "Exit through the Gift Shop" and "Resurrect Dead". I laughed out loud at several scenes, and alternately found passages to be mystical, wondrous, inspirational, or simply bizarre. Part of the growing genre of "mind-f_ck" movies, It bears repeat viewing to decipher (or scrutinize) its many embedded layers of meaning. Highly recommended.
It was interesting, we all want to think that we belong to something much larger than we are and this intertwinded you into that process.
A good rental, I would not buy it.
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