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Tuvalu is the name of an island which Anton dreams of escaping to -- a dream which seems unlikely to come true, given that he works as the maintenance man at the dilapidated and largely deserted pool owned by his father. Located in the middle of nowhere, the pool has been going out of business for years, but Anton goes to elaborate measures to convince his blind father that the pool is still popular and frequented. When Anton's entrepreneur brother Gregor hatches a scheme to have the pool razed and sold off as real estate, Anton must enlist the help of the few regulars who support the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A fascinating work that never quite coalesces, Tuvalu finally becomes oppressively repetitive."
‑ Patrick Z. McGavin, Chicago Tribune
"A disappointment, a precious and grotesque exercise reminiscent of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Delicatessen, only less amusing."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Tuvalu is like watching a Dali painting brought to life...and who wouldn't want to see that?"
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Fetishistic in its bemusement with gadgetry and painstaking in its slapstick-meets-high-emotion construction... Tuvalu is a decently engaging high farce, even if its influences are roundly on display."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Emil Christov's stunningly clear black and white cinematography presents images from another time, like a neo-Guy Maddin flick."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Tuvalu is astounding. It is also bizarre, challenging, and, at times, admirably overreaching."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"Still in the mood for something offbeat and phantasmagoric? Check out this charming German import by Veit Helmer."
‑ Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News
"Intriguing but ultimately irritating misfire."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"The film is relentlessly arty and much too stylistically bizarre for mainstream taste ... But it has its own peculiar charm."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"They used to be called moving pictures, and the captivating Tuvalu reminds us why."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"This one-of-a kind charmer casts an immediate and delightful spell."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The kind of movie that might one day find itself in the hall of fame of surreal movie weirdness alongside cult favorites like Eraserhead, Delicatessen and the avant-garde frolics of Guy Maddin."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Ultimately a rewarding -- if weird -- experience. It's just too bad that it takes so long to get there."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"...give this wonderful, funny, clever little flick a try."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Recommended for its singular vision -- a concept executed with bravura style, intelligent curiosity, and playful wit."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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