Here something happens. Whether it is the unusual storytelling, the fact that both stories never interact with each other (the islanders never meet the migrants). The impeccable and surprising framing that you would never expect here (the shaky camera on shoulder is the most common, cinema > television). There is a form of written and staged documentary that interested me as well. It just strikes you. Golden Bear.
Gianfranco Rosi, in this Golden Bear winning documentary, casts an eye on the influx of refugees risking death in travelling across the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe by focusing on a tiny island well south of Sicily. Rosi wisely doesn't just focus on the travails of the migrants but also on some select natives of the island, even those not directly affected by the other strand. Rosi has no 'lazy eye' here.
If "Du Levande" director Roy Andersson ever directed a documentary about the European immigration crisis, THIS would definitely be it. And by this I mean that it would be beautiful to look at, pretty weird, laconic and poetic, and also something I was not over my head interested in spending two hours with. It's pretty amazing and very boring at the same time.
Rosi's eye is as lazy and shut as his (fictional?) view on the habitants of Lampedusa towards the migrant crisis. By only pointing out the compliance of silence he becomes one as well by not addressing nothing about its subject. Worst of all: relying on cheap shock value, no less effective than a news spot, towards the end of this doc.
Allegoria i miei coglioni , non si capisce come un film del genere possa aver vinto un qualsivoglia premio che non fosse'' peggior film italiano''. La scena del bacio alla statuetta di padre pio è il massimo...non do 1 perchè samuele mi ha fatto tenerezza, c'avrà 10 anni e parla da terrone navigato :(
This could have been a 5 star film but, in focusing so much on the island's inhabitants, the stories of the migrants and refugees get lost. I understand that Rosi was trying to show how life goes on even though a human catastrophe is taking place nearby, but I wanted to hear more stories of the refugees. We need art that humanizes a group of people increasingly being dehumanized in the media and politics.
I'm surprised to find I differ so much with many of the reviews for this film here. I was at first uncertain of the film's angle, but slowly grew grateful for it's quiet perspective on a potentially challenging subject matter. We hear so many WORDS about refugees, but there was great dignity in it's silent perspective. I felt the mix of story was a reminder of how peace and war often co-exist in our world today.
A surprise: It markets as a documentary on the refugee crisis but suddenly you're sitting there and watching the life and adventures of a sixth grader native. Herein lies the gambit: There is fire at sea but there is also everything else. Fuocoammare presents the migrant crisis with a zoom and a step back: a holistic look at what is essentially an ecosystem disruption. While the coast guard is rescuing boats [cont.]
This film is worst than boring, is offensive. Rosi created two separated narratives, for showing the alienated condition of lampedusa's people to refugees situation. But worst than that, he think (through the allegory of lazy eye kid situation) is work is the true redemption. It's so prepotent forcing narrative to is own private view, that is why you only have corps instead of testimony of that people suffering.
Although lacking a position on its subject, this doc features non stop beauty from its imagery: it really captures two opposites sharing the same space - immigrants and locals: but what else do they really share? In my perspective, it showcases a big hit on contemporary crisis: what do we do with our local demands? Poetic, strong and very touching.