Director: Steve Oram
Cast: Lucy Honigman, Toyah Wilcox, Julian Barratt
Spoilers Within: No
Originally posted 16th March 2016 on Letterboxd.
Inaccessible and absurd from the very first moment, Steve Oram’sAaaaaaaah! is an ambitious piece of utterly perplexing experimental cinema.
It’s a conventionally constructed British melodrama covering the normalcy of love, infidelity and friendship, but all played out as though the entire cast are apes that have adjusted to the real world, with not a single English word spoken: just “oohs”, “aahs” and the flinging of faeces. Aaaaaaaah! contains scene-after-scene of these sometimes clothed human apes performing the most humble and mundane tasks of all, such as cooking a meal; setting up a new flatscreen TV; going shopping, and wanking onto a picture frame of Prince Harry.
There’s a level of satire at play, reflecting our own grunting bestial instincts in the face of technology and (partial) indifference to lasting human connections, but at 79 minutes it swiftly begins to outstay it’s welcome, even with such a game cast.
It’s many different adjectives at once: tedious, amusing, annoying, bizarre, crap and a little bit good, and although being far from vital British cinema, it’s certainly something very unique.