The story is set in a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam – mixture of magic, black humor and romantic love. It is about souls – longing for a soul, selling your soul, and living without a soul.
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Rainer Sarnet's 'November' is a unique offering telling a tale of paganism, human nature, avarice and greed...yet in the end is also a love story! The cinematography of Mart Taniel is quite extraordinary capturing the contrast of beautiful nature with the grime and bleakness of this Estonian village life. Young actors Rea Lest and Jorgen Liik make a strong impression as well.
I am in a bad way, friends. I don't want to live in the world of humans, I despise them, and I myself am garbage, maybe worse. I know! Why don't you go to the movies, Jason? Cinema has saved your life countless times, has it not? Hilarious that I would go see the interminable NOVEMBER in such a state. I can think of no example of a more grating demonstration of macabre whimsy. Too worthless even to be off-putting.
In a time when most films are either fantasy entertainment or art house realism, I relish every film that dares to enter the realm of fantastical (or surreal) art house. Thus: November. A story involving everything from witches and devils to werewolves and spirited tool-creatures called kratt, it is gloriously shot in black&white (often more white than black) that conveys perfectly the atmosphere of this pagan world.
Although I absolutely don't understand its particular blend of folklore, period and paganism, it was refreshing to see such an unique vision and technically accomplished fantasy film courtesy of Estonia. The scatological humour a bit much, but at least some novelty in seeing what resembles Gilliam directing his version of a Bela Tarr film.
Looks and feels similar to movies like "Hard to Be a God" or "Marketa Lazarová". But 1,5h into the movie I started wondering what it's actually about and I still haven't figured it out. Apparently doesn't quite succeed in making a point.
Bizarre in its own way and thee most gorgeously photographed film in the modern arthouse. The adapted story inspired by the folk novel isn't as profound as I was expecting, but there are moments of metaphoric beauty in relation to the ghosts and demons interacting with the Estonians. Great score by Jacaszek as well.