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The Death & Life of Otto Bloom

Xavier Samuel Photo: Suzy Wood

The life of Otto Bloom (Xavier Samuel) is told, documentary style, through the eyes of those who knew him and were affected by him, most notably by his doctor, friend and lover, Ada (Rachel Ward/Matilda Brown).

Bloom experiences life backwards and as a result draws his history from our future and is unmoved by events from our past, as he is yet to experience them.

Director Cris Jones’s directorial debut opened the 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival. Citing a quote from Albert Einstein as a main inspiration – he skillfully unravels the story of a scientific oddity turned internationally famous artist and phenomenon as he searches for love and meaning in his strange, lonely world, as well as examining the nature of time.

★★★

Reviewed by Craig Coventry

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