Quiet. Meditative. BEAUTIFULLY SHOT. And a story that is unique to its location and characters. The interpersonal relationships developed here are very rich and quite deep. It's very low-key storytelling, but highly nuanced. Fortunately, the black and white filming is truly beautiful, because there are long stretches of "not much going on." But the movie is quite worth the viewing.
Visually, this is a subtle and dreamy poetry, it looks stunning in b&w. A place filled with fog, calm waters, stark and so lonely - and somehow it still carries an amazing sense of tension - silence has rarely meant so much, both in the environment and the dialogues. A film about relationship, desire, fear, revenge, hatred - it's a complex film, but also seems to lack a clear direction, a beautifully lyrical fantasy.
It was like watching a Joseph Conrad seaman tale about life, death and the unjust... Absolutely beautiful cinematography that is right out of the woodcuts of it's printed illustrations. Personal isolation and mere existence is from the Socio-Realism movement... Here you can read the minds of misread beings where life is hard, wet and pent-up. Loss is profound, alienation is severe and bigotry is for bullies... Staid.
A handsome film that feels like it has something important to say, and a few scenes certainly back that up, La Leon ultimately falters in the delivery, ending up as something that fails to resonate as it should. Great cinematography and decent performances help though.
2-3. This movie has a severe lack of conflict and that's a serious problem. That being said, its visual handle on loneliness and sensuality is astonishing. Characters are depicted with large swaths of empty space around them, as well as being shut into tight spaces; a great illustration of the state of living on an island, while sex is depicted via moonlight silhouettes, tasteful framing, and mirrored eye lines, etc.
D'une extraordinaire plasticité visuelle, arborant un époustouflant noir et blanc originel, une oeuvre intemporelle, austère jusqu'à l'épuisement, figée dans sa mortelle lassitude environnementale, qui véhicule en profondeur, sans aucune frilosité, quelques inéluctables et classiques schèmes (dé)structurant toute relation humaine, comme le désir et la peur, la violence, la vengeance et la haine... www.cinefiches.com
Why black and white? Because it works. It really does and no, it doesn't come across as pretentious it comes across as minimalist and beautiful yet compelling. The narrative although simple, manages to take us into a journey. Beautiful film not to be missed especially because it's black and white. I can't imagine it in colour now.
3,4 Boring? Not if you ever had a secret you let gambol in dusty corners or in thistly fields like a brisk squirrel on liberal leash breathing some freedom before being corralled by silence: impart it with the speechless, so they don't pass it on. Or if you once heard retribution crouched in a few-worded, felt-soft and leaden voice. Or felt desire fluxing and well up in choral efflorescence (choir of calls and chorus