In the darkly wooded grounds and concrete boxes of what was once a Yugoslav resort complex, two men share an enigmatic, tender life. A stranger comes to town; things change, but how, what, and why remain ambiguous.
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Lower the pulse rate and sink into this meditative observation of life at it's simplest as the central characters simply live in an abandoned rural concept village. Dialogue is non-existent, voice-overs are poetical and dream sequences assist in providing an ethereal study of the men central to this love story. The unexpected conclusion and alt music over the credits provide the jolt back to our reality. Way cool.
I enjoyed this quiet and meditative film. Mubi didn't know how to summarize its plot: a rivalry among three men living in a sort of modest utopia. This film is a meditation on the healing power of male friendship and nature. I have never seen a friendship between two men portrayed in such a moving and silent manner.
At an hour and a half, this feels a bit like a short film stretched way beyond what the premise can sustain. It's a long string of symbolic evocations (all that mentation 'orange', etc.) VERY occasionally interspersed with chunks of context delivered through fairy tales and history. Because of how little genuinely happens, it's interminable, but photographically gorgeous, and semiotically sturdy.
Images of such beauty that at the beginning distracted me from some of the (mostly symbolic) dialogue. It's so slight you can easily lose track of what's happening, but it doesn't really matter, the plot isn't exactly dense - although it's metaphorical constructs and fourth wall breaks slowly build into deeper, enigmatic symbologies. A sleepy, sensory film, with a pervading loneliness amongst pure tenderness.