Critic Reviews for Mirage
Ristovski's debut feature is unremittingly grim and powerful.
It is not often that one is confronted with a cinematic social statement so nihilistic and so devoid of hope -- not merely for an individual, but for the whole world around him.
Drab, despairing and pointless.
Marko is clearly a stand-in for an exhausted country, and the symbolism is, at times, oppressively heavy. But Ristovski needs us to feel his nation's torment, and he succeeds.
Though its downward trajectory may be obvious, the script is a marvel of clarity, economy and metaphor.
Audience Reviews for Mirage
When you watch this movie (yes you should watch it) just keep in mind any themes that occur throughout the movie, because that will ultimately lead to the desired effect of the movie. It's not too complicated, just think about it a bit before dismissing it. Mirage explores the tormented life of a Macedonian boy and the way he deals with his problems. It's a really well done film, but quite the downer. I'd say it's even more depressing than "The Hours" with just as much touching, which is the main distinction of the film. Nothing is particularly special besides the emotions it evokes. The acting, the main character being a child, could be considered well done in terms of children acting, I suppose.
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