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Thursday, March 27, 2014
Character Analysis: Otto
Character Analysis: Otto
By: A. Aleister Sirrat
Okay, I know I’ve
already reviewed this film before, and it might be considered “cheating”, but I
really did want to do a “Character Analysis” on Otto from the German film
“Otto, or Up with Dead People”. I am
also aware that Oancitizen also did a very in depth analysis of Otto’s
character in his own video review, but I still wanted to attempt to do my own
character analysis. So without further
adieu here is my Character Analysis on Otto from Bruce LaBruce’s 2008 film
“Otto, or Up With Dead People”.
Otto is a young man in
his late teens-early twenties who claims to be an actual zombie. He has no memory of his life before becoming
a zombie, and wanders through the city of Berlin, Germany. It is here where is discovered by a
filmmaker named Madea Yarn, who casts Otto in her documentary “Up With Dead
People”, which is a mock-umentary about the Gay Zombie Revolution. However, nobody believes that Otto is an
actual zombie; they think he is just dedicated role player/performer.
That’s half the fun of the Otto’s character
in the film; it is never really established whether or not he is a zombie or if
he’s pretending to be one. There is
evidence to suggest both are possible.
At one point Otto runs into his ex-boyfriend, Rudolf, and he tells Otto
that he has changed. Rudolf tells Otto
that he used to be a vegetarian and that he loved to read books, before his
family sent him off to a Mental Hospital.
Maybe Otto is suffering from severe depression and pretends to be a
zombie as an outlet. All these things would imply that Otto is a human, but I’m
still not entirely convinced he is one. Otto
believes he is a zombie, and he does some very zombie-like things. He eats road kill that he finds in the
streets, he speaks in a very dreary monotone voice, he never bathes, he never
sleeps, he sees exclusively in the color pink (I’m not sure if that counts as
side effect of being a zombie or maybe it’s part of a neurological disorder)
and he claims to not remember anything before being transformed into a
zombie. I mean there’s one scene where a
guy invites him back to his place for sex, and then it cuts to the next morning
and there is blood everywhere! You think
the guy is dead, but then the wakes up and tells Otto that “[he’s] amazing”. I honestly think Otto killed the guy and then
turned him into a zombie.
His story is kind of tragic. Everyone seems to have their idea of what
Otto is, except him. Everyone he comes
across wants to use him, exploit him, or have sex with him.
Actor Jey Crisfar plays Otto in the film.
Otto is played by a
Belgian actor by the name of Jey Crisfar.
To this day it is the only film that Crisfar has appeared in. Even though he is from Belgium and the film
takes place in Germany, it has the benefit of being done entirely in
English. Crisfar’s English is not very
good but—then again—none of the other actors in this film speak English very
well either. I think Otto’s accent
actually works to his advantage. If we
are to believe he is a zombie, then his speech should sound somewhat impaired
shouldn’t it? I think Jey Crisfar did a
wonderful job in this role. I really can’t picture any other actor in this role
or wanting to play this role.
IS SIMILAR TO OR INSPIRED BY:
My minds blank
here. I can’t think of any other films
that feature a gay zombie character, so Otto is pretty unique. If anything, I’d say he’s like a dramatic
version of Phillip from the 2004 German Horror Comedy “Night of the Living
Dorks” because both characters are social outcasts who become zombies that find it even more difficult
to fit in the human world since their transformations.
FATE OF THE
At the end of the film
we see Otto completing the final scene of Madea’s film “Up with Dead
People”. Madea asks Otto where he is
going to go now. He tells her he’s going
off on his own. The last shot we see is of him hitchhiking out of Berlin. Maybe Otto is going to find other
people/zombies like him? Maybe he’s
going to try to find out more about his past?
We never know what happens to Otto after the movie ends. It actually is a perfect way to end a film
about a truly unique, intriguing, and mysterious character.