Sorry but I found this one cold and emotionally distant. It's comes off as a form of disconnected absurdist tableau. Even the progression of the narrative logic around the diminishing food stocks felt underdeveloped. The photography however was a high point. Imagine a depressed Elia Suleiman film. 2.5 stars
Basically, it’s a large scale development of the René Girard’s "scapegoat mechanism" theory. Very visual, inspired by the Bruegel mise en scène (pyre of the Winter - The Mill and the Cross), loses few points betting everything on photography and overlooking the originality and pathos elements. Superstition and outdated legacies butchers on the altar of prejudice.
'When the bees disappear, the rest follows'. This fateful announcement from a honey-maker not so wisely stopping at a small village in the belgian Ardennes is followed later on by an equally foreboding track in the 'original' film music, which seems to announce the start of a deadly 'fifth' season. If you saw the film 'Calvaire' you already know no one should ever familiarize with the weird peasants of the Ardennes..
Un disaster movie al contrario, dove la natura si ribella all'uomo non con immani catastrofi, ma semplicemente annullandosi. La società ancestrale, senza più punti di riferimento, si reinselvatichisce e disumanizza, diventando massa brutale senza più volto ne voce. un film potente, metaforico, magnificamente fotografato, inquietante ed ermetico il giusto. Fatelo vostro
Terrifying apocalyptic story. Despair makes a peaceful village turn to superstition, greed and even hate. True, some scenes were odd and confusing but I thought it went perfectly with how the villagers felt. The confusion, the despair, the lost hope, etc. Also beautiful music, images and cinematography.