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.
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.
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.
An enigmatic and beautiful journey into the medieval painting, "The Way to Calvary," by Peter Bruegel the Elder, with the painter himself (Rutger Hauer) serving as a guide into his own artistic vision. Its lovely blue screen renderings never quite look real, but they're not supposed to, and the quiet attention to detail is impressive. An immersive evocation of painterly intent and historical metaphor.