The story is set in a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam – mixture of magic, black humor and romantic love. It is about souls – longing for a soul, selling your soul, and living without a soul.
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I am in a bad way, friends. I don't want to live in the world of humans, I despise them, and I myself am garbage, maybe worse. I know! Why don't you go to the movies, Jason? Cinema has saved your life countless times, has it not? Hilarious that I would go see the interminable NOVEMBER in such a state. I can think of no example of a more grating demonstration of macabre whimsy. Too worthless even to be off-putting.
Bizarre in its own way and thee most gorgeously photographed film in the modern arthouse. The adapted story inspired by the folk novel isn't as profound as I was expecting, but there are moments of metaphoric beauty in relation to the ghosts and demons interacting with the Estonians. Great score by Jacaszek as well.
In a time when most films are either fantasy entertainment or art house realism, I relish every film that dares to enter the realm of fantastical (or surreal) art house. Thus: November. A story involving everything from witches and devils to werewolves and spirited tool-creatures called kratt, it is gloriously shot in black&white (often more white than black) that conveys perfectly the atmosphere of this pagan world.