N is coming from the desert to reach North Africa and make an illegal crossing to Europe. He steals a boat, but it soon sinks into the middle of the sea. N then embarks in an imaginary surrealistic odyssey where he makes intense and fleeting encounters, and rediscovers his relationship with nature.
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A very interesting experience. Going in you are met with a constant silence that forces you to see and to hear. The absence of dialogue lets you view the raw normalcy of society, its problems and fortunes all bundled up tightly. But then you go beyond the restless noise and find yourself tethered to a very different world. Spiraling downward into pure nature until all becomes simple again. A rather brilliant escape.
He went looking for Europe, arrived in the forest, and was content to look no further. What you make of that narrative depends on you.
I quite like the globe and the disappearing act. Potential metaphors abound. What thoughts / memories haunt you by night and leave you by day? What moments are transcendent enough that you wish they were your last? Can you commune with nature such that the self transforms?
It has a distinct rhythm for certain (Antonioni springs to mind) but this would better be served at a third of the length as it’s just repeat-upon-repeat of the same blanking devices, umpteen desolate landscapes and a seeping sympathy for illegal entry which is a topic for a firmer polemical work not the kind of tacit acceptance in this airily allegorical manner which is one-way traffic indeed.
This film, while recognizably setting out to be about the contemporary refugee experience, gives a prophetic look into what all of us on earth might look for quite soon. A critique of civilization, or a panegyric on the shifting perspectives to survival, it's a beautiful and quiet, but at the same time searingly loud, silent opera of what still remains a salvation.
A captivating journey of a man's initial desperation and eventual contentment in nature. Starting with the story of his illegal sea crossing, the film takes a surreal turn halfway through, though always focusing on surviving and battling the elements. The silence captivates and unclutters the mind, allowing time and space to convey the narrative.