CINEMA

FLUX GOURMET (2022)

MPAA: NR
Release Date: 06/24/22 [VOD/Shudder]

Genre: Comedy/Drama/Horror

Studio: IFC Midnight

"Set at an institute devoted to culinary and alimentary performance, a collective finds themselves embroiled in power struggles, artistic vendettas, and gastrointestinal disorders."

OUR MOVIE REVIEW:

Flux Gourmet fully embraces the fact that it’s a black comedy, tackling its story of a band rifting through creative and personal differences in a strange, grotesque, and sometimes morbid manner with a twist of humor. The cast does a superb job here, with Asa Butterfield (as well as his hair) standing out with his performance as Billy. Gwendoline Christie as Jan Stevens is utilized perfectly to match the tone of the film as well, her wardrobe heightening the ridiculousness the film strives for.

 

The strangeness of the film, matched with the fantastic cinematography and sound design, seems to give it a life of its own. There isn’t an element in this film that feels like it's trying too hard to prove itself, nor does it feel like the filmmakers don’t care about the film. Flux Gourmet knows what story it wants to tell and doesn’t care how it’s told or if you’re along for the ride, it’s just happy to exist. It’s an acquired taste which, oddly enough, matches mine.

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