Critic Reviews for Inni
Director Vincent Morisset captures the band in dreamy, grainy, black-and-white images that slide and blur in a way that suggests David Lynch.
The best concert films achieve a marriage of sound and image that feels effortlessly harmonious, and in that regard "Inni," a musical portrait of the Icelandic band Sigur Ros, leaves most of its genre in the dust.
At a time when most U.S. music documentaries have devolved into either artist-endorsed EPKs or predictable Behind the Music-style fables of redemption, it's refreshing to see state-sponsored artists still flying the flag for the rock film as an art film.
The music of Iceland's Sigur Ros fills the cinema, as if reverberating off the walls of some darkly beautiful fjord.
Audience Reviews for Inni
A beautiful video essay about Sigur Ros. If you love their music, you will love this visual redenring.
There's a scene where all 4 members of Sigur Ros are interviewed on NPR. The host asks a difficult question that most bands would take advantage of to explain their roots and aspiration of music, blah blah blah. Instead, all 4 of them with a slight smile don't say a word, and the bassist even chuckles at the question, then the scene ends and it's move on to the next song. Random scenes like that are added in between songs to depict the grandeur of their music, which arguably like no other band's. Filming in black and white with strange, interchangeable visuals, and off-centered and shaky camera work only enhances the effect. I'll admit it's a bit frustrating at times (like how you wish Greengrass would've backed up and replaced his camera with a more stable one while shooting the last 2 Bourne films). But, it reaches a level of mystique, like the beginning of shots of Inland Empire focused on the phonograph. All in all, fans of Sigur Ros should check it out.
Was told this was a documentary concert, which is mostly true, except there is probably less than 10 minutes of actual documentary and 80 minutes concert. Nevertheless the cinematography, editing, stage effects (all whom were the real masters) synergized just right with Sigur Ros. Don't get me wrong Sigur Ros has talent and is a very good band. But without the special effects, editing, lighting, cinematography, quality sound system, etc, just isn't interesting in itself as music to keep ones attention. I listened to one of their CD's left by a former roommate in my car and had to turn it off after 15 minutes or so because it seemed to drone on. If you love the concert movie don't run out and by the CD just get the DVD and watch it on a super sized screen with a killer sound system and you might be about to match the illusion of seeing it in theater. In fact I'm convinced doing so is even better than seeing them live in concert. The cuts, special effects, the film incorporated along with the music from a particular good concert I felt was something special the band in and of themselves will probably never recreate. Nevertheless everything came together almost perfectly to create as close to a masterpiece documentary concert as one is likely to find.
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