Kafka (1991)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi


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Kafka works during the day at an insurance company, where events lead him to discover a mysterious underground society with strange suppressive goals.


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4 October 2001 | craigjclark
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| Definitely not a case of "sophomore slump"
Some see this film as a step down from Steven Soderbergh's brilliantly-constructed debut feature, "sex, lies and videotape." I see it as a significant step in his artistic development (even if its commercial and critical failure limited the audiences for his next several films). Certainly no one expected him to follow the low-key, character-driven "sex, lies" with such a complicated, stylized film as "Kafka."

An inspired script by Lem Dobbs and a great cast drive Soderbergh's visually rich film. Besides the leads, of note are Joel Grey as the self-important bureaucrat Burgel, Brian Glover as the menacing Castle Henchman, and Keith Allen and Simon McBurney as Kafka's side-splittingly incompetent "assistants." And Cliff Martinez's score (inspired by "The Third Man") is ingenious.

To call this film underrated would be a severe understatement.

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Release Date:

15 November 1991

Language

English


Country of Origin

France, USA

Filming Locations

Czech Republic

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,814 8 December 1991

Gross USA:

$1,059,071

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,059,071

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