mind-boggling enactement of a painting. very intense, dark, restrainly emotional, human, artistic; philosphical but contemplative, as speechless as you will be. bold but successful. well, all this, approximately. watch it.
The famous painting as a multidimensional network of historical events, imagined human relationships and invented 16th century soundscapes: Majewski explores the structures beyond the surface of Bruegel's "Procession to Calvary" and makes us see a work of art from another - also highly artificial - point of view.
The film’s images are so striking and composed each frame could exist as a painting itself. Its conception of narrative is profoundly unique. It’s spatial, like the breadth and depth of the painting itself. Characters who would never meet and events that took place years apart coexist because they’re part of the physical and emotional tableau of the piece. http://www.theperipherymag.com/filmgoing-in-the-internet-age
Not just based on a Breugel painting,every shot is composed like a Dutch or Flemish Renaissance painting! Which is a really great gimmick they musta used computers and stuff, but I am sure I would not want to see this style of cinema over-used.And this film doesn't get 5 stars, cuz it really IS a gimmick, crafty and beautiful.
It is thrilling since the very beginning of the film. The merchant, miller, the painter and the dreamworld around them was so vivant. It is really a product of a very creative mind. The director was no less creative than the painter.
The excess of derivation, despite being wholly intentional, is a poor artistic acumen, and is the primary downfall of this film. The endeavour to create/recreate the majesty of Pieter Bruegel's paintings is to a large extent lost, due to the laxity of cheap superimpositions and over-reliance on CGI. Despite this, the film does have moments of sumptuous beauty, but sadly this is ersatz painting and ersatz cinema.
If only all great paintings could have a companion film such as this... Strikingly alive and immersive, all the hi-tech visual F/X have a real purpose here other than to dazzle. Majewski dives into the canvas and Bruegel's inner eye.