The plot to this short film seems completely incidental but it is nonetheless captivating as a sensory experiment. The manipulation of colour and lighting, as well as the unnaturally restricted movements of the subjects, is interesting and pleasing to the eye. I found the unimodal delivery of information (i.e. through light, movement, or dialogue, but never more than one at a time) quite calming, if a little eerie.
"There are trails of souls in landscapes" writes poet de Pascoaes, and Patiño's rather simple trick of negative image-reversal turns an otherwise mundane pastoral scene into a window onto that truth. A world turned game environment, with the sounds & pacing of a dream; a jolt sufficient to facilitate the reintroduction of mystery. Sadly, the 'mystery' is petty smugglers about whom we're given no reason to care... 2.5
Visually beautiful and great use of sound too. It also captures very well the 'hurry up and wait' aspect of smuggling. But beyond that, there's not an awful lot to go on. For a short film it's incredibly slow and dull and doesn't tell you much about the context for the smuggling (does it still go on in the age of a borderless Europe?)
The loneliness of the humane figure in a nocturnal landscape is interesting, viewed in its relationship with nature. Also the recording technique used to alter the effect of the night creates an "abstract effect". Nothing more because this film seems to be repetitive and only interesting as an audio-visual experimentation.
El solarizado disimula una trama inexistente de prolongadas escenas, sin acción donde los personajes están quietos, donde la cámara se mueve imperceptiblemente son seguidas por otras cortas, con diálogos que no despiertan interés, un fade out, y la escena final, de la nada muchos personajes se mueven entre rocas, en un un fulgurante y onirico escenario nocturno.
Wow! Something like this had to be made. I loved the way the slow camera movements give tridimensionality to the static, dreamy shots. And I loved the silence, the soft breeze on the grass, the luminescent rocks and the purple shades in the background. Just two little things: I would have cut a few minutes off, and avoided those anti-aesthetic close-ups. A wonderful visual experience – nothing more, nothing less.