The last film in the Julio Medem collection is Chaotic Ana, and as I have previously reviewed this, I’m just going to repost my review below. But first I will say that had I seen some of his earlier work before seeing Chaotic Ana, I probably would have had a much better appreciation, and it would have possibly earned an extra star.
Chaotic Ana certainly lives up to it’s name. The story of a free spirited artist, Ana who lives with her father in a cliff top cave until one day she is ‘discovered’ by a Patron of the Arts who offers her a scholarship to came stay in her artists commune for several years to learn and focus on her painting. It’s in this commune, amongst similar people that Ana discovers more than just artistic freedom, but a certain kin of bohemian love. But love that awakens something a little more serious inside of her.
Ana begins to have very real, very painful dreams where she becomes one of many young women, who all die tragic deaths at the age of 22, Ana’s own age. It seem like a cruel blow to a girl whose positive outlook and huge smile brings joy to those around her.
Luckily Ana has help in her new community to help her face this new terror in her life, and discover what she’s supposed to do (it’s a common cliché) before the end of her 22nd year.
Does Ana die or live is not for the realm of this review, but her journey is certainly an interesting one, influenced in part by a strong feministic view point – all of Ana’s personalities are tragically killed by men in positions of power. In the end however, Chaotic Ana is more about how we live our lives than any feminist propaganda.
Though this film will probably go right over the head of many viewers, if you have a penchant for the unusual, Chaotic Ana might just be able to weave a spell over you.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read