... What if rebirth means to shrink and become 12-cm-high?
The question at the basis of Downsizing, Alexander Payne's new film, which opened the 74th Venice Film Festival, is not really simple.
Set in a dystopian future, the film begins with the choice of the Safraneks (played by Matt Damon and Kirsten Wiig) to join the project of becoming small (i.e. downsizing), hoping for a better future ... but something unexpected will happen that will open a to a series of wide-ranging reflections: the more humane and "small" themes related to the story of the protagonists will intertwine with social, political and economic messages, linked to the challenges and concerns we all read daily (overpopulation, environmental disasters, sharp contrasts between rich and poor people).
Will there be a happy end? There is no certainty but several opportunities of introspection and analysis are offered to us with this work, accompanied by some light and funny moments thanks to Dusan's character, played by the magnificent Christoph Waltz, and the irrepressible Vietnamese activist Ngoc-Lan, played by actress Hong Chau.
directed by Alexander Payne
with Matt Damon, Kirsten Wiig, Hong Chau, Christoph Waltz