THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF TOM THUMB is not
for small children, and even adult viewers may be disturbed by this eerie transmutation of a familiar fairy story into a grim postmodern sci-fi tale.
The setting is a shadowy land, architecturally medieval, socially impoverished, scientifically advanced. The place is infested with bugs, and in the BRAZIL-style opening one errant fly contaminates an assembly-line of the Super Seed Insemination factory, resulting in a tiny malformed baby born
to a miserable peasant couple. The father thinks it's only a stillborn fetus until it writhes and coughs in his hands. "Why don't we call him Tom," says Father, the longest a...