A truly personal, authentic narration of a Spanish immigrant in Sweden. It's honest, educational and inspiring, its style an interesting blend of rough documentary-style video footage and a more aesthetic, ambient style revolving around still photography and meditative, natural sounds. A marvelous fusion of an inspiring personal story and a very aesthetic display of beautiful Sweden.
The cinematography is nice. The way the director tells his story is very humble and unpretentiously beautiful including the cinematography. The reality that the director shared about the number of unemployed people (6 million) was shocking to me and the director himself was one of them.
Worth watching for the shot of sunlight glittering on rapidly moving water, suggestion of shadows of leafless trees, cut to the Fall and an outcropping of rock buried in fallen leaves, cut to a single leaf dangling from an invisible strand of spider web dancing with the wind. The transition from Fall to Winter. The whole of cultural displacement captured in that simple but beautiful sequence.
This film is incredibly genuine and personal. The filmmaker tells his story plainly and honestly. But that does not mean it is dry, he is able to share the charm of everyday life through the steady shots. Each person filmed seems truthful and it makes the world inviting and intriguing. The story he tells is also moving, sharing hardships that he must overcome. Very simple, but not needing the bells and whistles.
It's films like this that really rekindle some strange feeling deep inside me. This is by no means a perfect film, but I don't think it ever set out to be one. Ultimately it's a very raw capture of the insecurities, joys, frustrations, celebrations, fears, etc. that are part of life. If all of us are lost in life, this film is one man making the best of it.
Acest film este modest și tăcut dar care mai de care mai mișcător despre un imigrant ce-a ales să emigreze din țara lui plin de lumina comodă a soarelui și vină în Suedia acoperit cu nea colilie. Destrămat de către nostalgia pentru țara și plăcere în lumea nouă, poate el va păsi hotărît pe pamîntul pas cu pas. // 陽光に満ちた故郷を出て、純白の雪に覆われたスウェーデンへ赴く移民を描く今作は控えめで静かだが、何より感動的だ。故郷への郷愁と新天地での喜びに引き裂かれながら、彼は大地を一歩一歩力強く踏みしめ生きていくのだろう。