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Aro Recommended In the Realms of the Unreal


USA 2004, 82 minutes
Dir. Jessica Yu
Rating: [Exempt]
Genres: Documentary / Arts & Artists


Aroview: The art of Henry Darger is brought to life in this absorbing document of closeted genius, rediscovering the work of an elderly recluse who, upon his death, left over 300 paintings and a 15,000 page illustrated novel purporting an epic tale of seven angelic sisters who rebel against a world of child-enslaving men.

Retold in rich and beguiling stokes, Darger's magnum opus is compellingly animated and imbued with imaginary force through the narration of Dakota Fanning and Larry Pine. Meanwhile, Dir. Yu's fascination with the mysterious double-life of a man who worked as a janitor by day and master of his own realm by night is infectious, immersive, and utterly spellbinding.

NZ International Film Festival 2005

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  • aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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