Endless Poetry

Straight male filmmakers are drawn to the semi-autobiographical coming-of-age film like cats to a cardboard box: even if it makes little sense for them to do it, they’re compelled to jump in and see how it feels. It’s the rare director who can do justice to the well-worn template—and when that director is venerated surrealist Alejandro Jodorowsky, the man behind eye-popping midnight movie classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain, things get curiouser and curiouser.

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