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A new strategy to conserve resources has been created: shrinking people down to 12.9 centimeters. The shrunken Matt Damon lands in mini-utopia “Leisureland“ and meets Udo Kier and Christoph Waltz, who aren‘t as ecologically idealistic.


Would everything be better if humans were just 12.9 centimeters? Even though Alexander Payne‘s (ABOUT SCHMIDT) newest film seems silly at first, DOWNSIZING does ask some interesting questions if you choose to engage with the thought experiment: wouldn‘t it solve problems like the littering of our planet and energy supply, malnutrition, ressource inequality? Payne sends his protagonist Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) to a seemingly perfect miniature world called “Leisureland:“ cozy, emission-free electro cars, food to your heart‘s content, and almost everyone lives in a fancy villa. Paul problems begin shortly after going through the cellular miniaturization process. After waking up in Leisureland, he realizes that he has landed in the empire of the bonsai people without his wife (Kristen Wiig). He also realizes that the citizens of Leisureland aren‘t chiefly concerned with saving the planet: Paul‘s neighbor (Christoph Waltz) throws one party after the other, preferably with Udo Kier (Waltz and Kier make a great couple). DOWNSIZING does thwart the serious themes with ideas that are too grotesque and silly, but all in all it is a finely balanced mix of drama, utopian sci-fi, and comedy.

Matthias von Viereck

Translation: Elinor Lewy


USA 2017, 135 min
Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction, Sociological Film
Director: Alexander Payne
Author: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
DOP: Phedon Papamichael
Montage: Kevin Tent
Music: Rolfe Kent
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Cast: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Laura Dern, Kristen Wiig, Neil Patrick Harris
Release: 18.01.2018




  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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