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BEING JOHN MALKOVICH is a movie directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman It offers a humorous view of life It tackles these issues by means of simplistic representations and funny situations and delivers profound interrogations about particular notions of beingIt is about an unemployed puppeteer Craig Schwartz whose relationship with his absentminded wife Lotte whose unappreciated talent and passion for puppeteering estrange him from the world and from himself He drowns his sense of emptiness by bringing to life his wooden marionettes and through them his secret longings Following Lottes plea Craig seeks employment and finds it in the 712 floor of a corporate building where --if not for puppeteering-- his fingers will be of good use for filing In this new awkward world his boss Dr Lester is 105 years old and obsessed with sex the secretary has a speech impediment and does not know it and his co-worker Maxine enjoys seducing Craig only to be entertained by his vulnerability Following this comical twist from a rather dramatic opening the story ensures an ingenious evolution after removing a heavy file cabinet to retrieve a lost document Craig discovers a secret portal On all fours he peeks in is sucked in and realizes the passageway leads into the mind of John Malkovich At the end of this metaphysical tunnel Craig finds the opportunity of being the master puppeteer and of never being himself again Being John Malkovich is bound to be one the most unusual motion pictures of 1999 While the story may seem confusing it surprisingly makes total sense Ultimately one could even see how in lesser hands this film could have been disastrous Its tricky tone was no doubt difficult to perfect as it is an out-and-out fantasy but set in a very realistic present day New York City yet relies on its offbeat humor to pull off the act In fact the comedy needed to be successful because
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