L'austérité de cette île et la pénibilité existentielle de cette petite famille sont d'un niveau bergmanien, tout comme la beauté aride du noir et blanc et de la mise en scène. Shindo fait quasiment ressentir le travail de Sisyphe de ces pauvres gens, qui n'ont presque jamais de temps à perdre en paroles ou gestes inutiles. L'environnement dicte sa loi, comme le démontre le terrible final. Pas vraiment réconfortant !
Man, woman, earth, water. The cinema itself as purity in its elements. A no-brainer hit in Moscow. Soil and toil. One must think of Dovzhenko. Perhaps a slight hint of I Am Cuba. But this is a lived poetics, too humble and personal to serve as a banner in the rigid marching of an ideology. Toil, here, in fact, is not heroic. It is pure necessity. There may be romance in this, but there is also the stark pitilessness.
Oh sweet Sisyphus! Like waves rolling on the shore of that lost island. A case study in rhythm, repetition, shape and form. The breaking of the frame, the flow of the tide, the ducks, the backpacks. The seasons, the baths, the masks, the songs, the heaving. The dirt between palms, the juggling children, the thrashing, and always the rowing. The time spent. Life is work. The story is sustenance. DON'T SPILL THE WATER.
Watching this, it really struck me how much of film dialogue is just an expository slog, a crass barge to transport the audience from point A to point B with little in the way of artistic merit. I don't think this minimalist approach would work well for every type of story, but I can't imagine this one being told any other way.
One story that really honours the cinema by not having almost a single word, just the pure kinetic images... By the way, in this world where you can buy everything just walking to the corner shop how beautifully strange and magic is to see again all the hard work of a peasant family!
Best described as an observation of a family's struggle for survival... Even the most mundane tasks are depicted with grace and dignity. Breathtaking scenery, some very powerful scenes... I wish it was filmed in colour! I felt however, the music didn't really complement this film well somehow...