Swiss Army Man

Dir.: Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan | United States 2015 | 95 min

'Swiss Army Man' has become a cult phenomenon as the film with Harry Potter's farting corpse. In the first scene of the Sundance hit, Daniel Radcliffe washes up on a deserted island, where the shipwrecked Hank (Paul Dano) is about to commit suicide out of despair over his loneliness. Even a corpse is welcome company in this situation, and when he discovers that the inflated flotsam can be used as a nice little speedboat when you press on his stomach, things start happening. But the flatulent friend can be used for much more than that – hence the title – and The Daniels' debut film is far more than just a joke about breaking wind. For as Hank manages to get some form of life out of the body, who introduces himself as Manny, 'Swiss Army Man' develops into a subtle, constantly surprising and eventually quite touching bromance. The director's inventiveness is equal to that of Hank, as he uses everything you can find on a desert island to build a whole world to give Manny a spark of life and jog his memory. Visually, it looks like a film by Charlie Kaufmann or Michel Gondry on a good day, but 'Swiss Army Man' has its own surreal and poetic tone. It may well be that it starts with a great big fart, but it ends with you wiping away a tear or two.



Original Title
Swiss Army Man
Country
United States
Release Year
2015
Duration
95 min.
Directors
Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
Producer
Jonathan Wang, Lawrence Inglee, Miranda Bailey, Amanda Marshall, Eyal Rimmon, Lauren Mann
Script
Cast
Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Camera
Larkin Seiple
Editor
Matthew Hannam
Music
Manchester Orchestra
Production Company
Cold Iron Pictures, Tadmor Astrakhan Film SB, Blackbird
Version
English Version
Tempo
3
Thrills
3
Sighs
7
Laughs
4
Look
7
Food for thought
7