Peck's documentary, Fatal Assistance was superb, but sometimes fiction can get points over even more powerfully - the performances were so convincingly understated and captured the state of perpetual numbed shock of those struggling to get on with lives totally shattered by massive disasters, natural, (Haiti), or man-made, (Syria). Perfectly showed the ambiguous relationship between aid-givers and recipients.
Throughout most of this film my review was going to be: I'd gladly ignore the soap opera-like score and random shouts for the authenticity that perhaps only Raoul Peck can give us with this film... I take it back with the ending that of course I should have seen, but was definitely not built up to in a satisfactory manner.
Stark and down-to-earth. This film explores the social and political interactions, including the foreign (ex-colonial) influence in Haiti, where in the context of the earthquake some elements of reality start to re-emerge in brightened contrast. It manages to tackle the topic in a subtle and sometimes even beautifully poetic way. Powerfully minimalist acting, solid cinematography. Totally unexpected - excellent film!
Thought-provoking study life of continuing to subsist in the post natural-disaster world. Large events like this usually don't make sense to those who survive them, and the return to a kind of half-normality, half NGO-dominated/dependent existence is painful for each of the characters in different ways, leading them to also adjust and cope in different ways. Interesting. Great, understated performances too.
Interesting film, exploring the aftermath after that horrible tragedy. Good acting, especially from the female unit. Good cinematography. The story develops in small steps and it points out to some important social aspects. I didnt get the ending though. What did the poor Jennifer do to deserve such faith? If somebody got it, please explain !
Peck cited "Teorema" as an influence, which only just begins to describe this film. Set entirely amidst the ruins of a condemned villa -- with cracks in the foundation and the stench of death rising from the rubble -- tensions ratchet up in the oppressive absence of hope. Absolutely engrossing and masterfully crafted.