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About the Movie
"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.
It’s like a hot stone massage for your dreamtime. Somewhere to go for a while to be creatively inspired. Every time I watch it I’m reminded how magical the world can be when you bring your imagination into the street and dance with it. Your walk to work is a much more interesting journey when you are looking for clues, secret places and mythical stories that only you can understand. Then you turn around and discover the others there with you. Nonchalance. Vital orbit. Elsewhere. Disco Sasquatch. Curious? A small taste of what’s to come. Feed your head some dreams. Go and see for yourself. Bring a friend … Eva is my spirit animal.
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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.