The Congress: Synopsis and Review [WATCH VIDEO]

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 3 years ago
The Congress: Synopsis and Review [WATCH VIDEO]
At the premiere of “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee”, directed by Rebecca Miller, during the Toronto International Film Festival, 2009.

“The Congress” is a sci-fi film directed and written by Ari Folman. It is based on Stanislaw Lem’s “The Futurological Congress.” The cast members include: Robin Wright, Jon Hamm, Danny Huston, Harvey Keitel, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Paul Giamatti, MS-D and Sami Gayle. It opens in U.S. (limited) theaters on Aug. 29, 2014. Read on to learn more about Movie News Guide’s (MNG) “The Congress” synopsis and review.

“The Congress” Synopsis:

The film opens with Al (Keitel) scolding Robin Wright (she plays herself by the way) regarding her life choices. She has two kids: Sarah (Gayle) and Aaron (Smit-McPhee) who is gradually losing his senses, especially hearing.

Wright, now in forties, has been offered to do one last project — to be a scanned star. To be a scanned star means that her movements, emotions, etc. will be preserved, making it available for all time. Jeff (Huston) assures Wright that by agreeing to do this, she can be young forever, only with the technicians governing her performances and choices.

“The Congress” Review:

As of this writing, the film has received positive ratings from the critics of Rotten Tomatoes as they have given the film an 81 percent. Moreover, 90 percent of the moviegoers would like to see it.

Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter (THR), despite being not-so pleased with the film’s execution, admired the cast.

“…Wright, who also co-produced, jumped into such an adventurous project, which seriously confronts the career parameters faced, especially, by beautiful actresses. Keitel is the best he’s been in quite a while. Huston has a grand time representing the next generation of studio bosses and Smit-McPhee and Gayle are captivating as the kids,” wrote McCarthy in THR.

Meanwhile,’s Jordan Hoffman described Ari Folman as a filmmaker who is resolute to make movies in his own terms.

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