If I presumed Sebastiano Montresor’s “VigasioSexploitation” to be not as interesting as “VigasioSexploitation 2”, I was pleasantly proved wrong. While part 2 was crazy, part 1 is both crazy and surreal, reminiscent of early Buñuel, but also treading different genres like film noire and slapstick.
In some ways, I regard ‘VigasioSexploitation-1’ as more experimental and creatively engaging than the second, where Montresor explores his theory of de-constructing the film both physically and metaphorically, almost to the level of ancient folk theatre, only – instead of a narrator, you have intertitles like those used in silent films. The sound design, while basic, works extremely well for the film – becoming essential to narrate the story. Even the screen palette is drained of colour and contrast to recreate the sense of dreaming, or a thought-process. The ‘faceless’ but ridiculously sexy ‘soft machine’ not only intrigues the protagonist, but the viewers too as we are asked to use our own imagination to put a face to her body. We can see what Montresor means by ‘Agrestic’ cinema.
The film also uses rustic symbolism to drive home some points, hilarious at times, but thought provoking all the same, like the underwater scene of a woman every time the spreading ‘virus’ is mentioned. The film as a whole is refreshing, radical, and entertaining . If you’re open to experiencing something unconventional, you’ll love this film., which is one way of saying, “okay, this may not be exactly mainstream, but what the heck – it’s all good fun.” Recommended Viewing.
Synopsis: Aliens are invading the earth, using ‘soft machines’ that take the shape of suppressed desires – it is up to Agent Danger and Eva to save mankind from being completely run over. They are aided by Gamma, and her ‘sacred chainsaw’.