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The Nightingale is a 2hr 17 min drama written and directed by Jennifer Kent. It was released in theaters on Aug 2, 2019, and set in 1825 in the British penal colony of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania, Australia). Kent wrote a captivating and harrowing tale about an indentured servant and aboriginals' suffering and endurance. This R-rated film refused to relent on the violence and the torment inflicted on the victims. Giving us close-up shots of quivering lips, anger, disdain, sadness, and pain. All deaths seem senseless. The atmosphere tense and eerie. The pace: slow in the inopportune time.
Kent created a compelling story and transcribed it onto the screen. She wanted a factual depiction of 1825 and ensured she researched and consulted experts to bring the story to light. Overall the movie is poignant, visceral, and raw. The weakness stems from the need to be artistic by dragging on scenes, creating an unrealistic movie death (in the end), and random singing in places that reminded me of the Best Man's Holiday 2. The music helped set the mood without being jarring. The scenery was lush with a terrain filled with trees, rivers, and hills. An environment that encompassed the confusion, beauty, and terror of the scenes. The performances from Aisling Franciosi and Baykali Ganambarr were remarkable. The script was intense but weak.
The overall message: hurt people hurt people. The more power a damaged person has, the more havoc they will create. Coupled with a sense of entitlement and callousness, equals wickedness x 1000. Some may call this inhumane but history has taught us that cruelty is the norm for humans.
Please note, if you can handle Irreversible then you can handle Nightingale. If you squirmed in Heredity then this movie will be difficult for you to watch. The violence is uncomfortable but not gory or grotesque. If the horrors of colonialism trigger you emotionally then pass.
Annabel is silently confronted by a woman who stares at her for what feels like years. It's intense and awkward as if one was waiting to see what the other would do. Eventually, the woman leaves a note and walks off. When we see them again we find out it's Chiara her daughter she abandoned decades ago. The initial scene set the mood for the majority of the film…silent, uneasy, slow, and mysterious.
Annabel reluctantly agrees to stay with Chiara for 10 days in a remote house in the middle of nowhere. It's beautiful, secretive, serene, and lush. The uneasiness between mother and daughter who hardly know each other is difficult to watch. Chiara seems bizarre and manipulative. While Annabelle seems cold and distant.
The film is about connection, life, love, happiness, suffering, and expectations. It is subtle storytelling that speaks the most when everyone is silent. Non-verbal communication is the most powerful communication because our brain picks up on it subconsciously. Within the first 30 minutes, I had an idea about Chiara's motives simple by the way she reacted. I am impressed with Ramón Salazar because that takes attention to detail to create.
In all, Sunday's Illness is best to watch when you are unwinding and want to see a thought-provoking and slow drama. People who are observant will appreciate this film. Those who think Games of Thrones is too slow should pass.
This movie is a great depiction of how some ordinary families deal with issues. This is a simple drama using strong acting while focusing on relationships. Laura's daughter Irene is kidnapped and the family focuses on old grudges and secrets. Multiple times we see how secrets destroy this family, but the habit continues.
What is brilliant about the film is Asghar Farhadi's was able to create the same feeling for the audience as the family…dread. We want to know what happened and who did it but unable to do anything. He left the audience in the dark, leaving us impatient. It seems as if the movie moved at a snail pace but on the contrary, there was always movement. This story isn't like Taken, where a family member is some badass going to get his kid back. It's a family like us with limited abilities and left feeling powerless. The longer Irene is gone, the more uncomfortable, suspicious, and resentful the family becomes.
The anxiety was eventually relieved with an ending that wasn't my cup of tea…but it's like life. In life we don't get the perfect ending, sometimes it's sloppy. It's a fitting ending but not satisfying. It's like craving cookies and cream ice-cream but you only have vanilla.
In all, the acting was phenomenal, Penelope Cruz was perfect for the part. The score was fitting, the cinematography was great (I loved the scenery). The story was interesting. The characters seem real. This is a great film to watch if you can handle a film with ordinary imperfect humans. It satisfies even if it doesn't hit the spot.
Animas is unique and beautiful, weaving a story through verbal and non-verbal cues. Color imagery is effective and tells a tale on its own if you pay attention. The colors cause a dream-like atmosphere, making you wonder if this is a delusional world. The artistry is effective in creating a hellish nightmare that seems daunting and addictive. The film starts off slow and then races into an abyss unknown.
The story is about fear, family problems, and coming of age. The colors subconsciously get you to understand the mood. The most pervasive colors being yellow, green, red, orange, and blue. Yellow can symbolize friendship, hope, and optimism. It can also signify illness, deceit, cowardice, and melancholy. Green can be nature, healthy, youth, growth, and change. On the contrary, it can mean envy, jealousy, naïve, and greed. Is orange for friendship, pleasure, caution, dependency, or possibly change like autumn leaves? Is blue trust or sadness? The paradox can be mind racking but don't despair, the meaning behind certain colors are obvious such as red being anger and magenta being despair. The others are difficult to pinpoint until you pass halfway through the film. The color imagery is brilliant and consistent. I tip my hat to the sorcerer.
Animas is a haunting and complex film that few will truly understand and appreciate. It will captivate the audience who enjoys finding clues in the scene. The acting is superb, the cinematography solid, the music was fitting but more on the 90's metal side. Animas is invigorating and essential in cinema. It gives me a less intense but similar feel to Requiem of a Dream and Donnie Darko. While I can't say if this film will be a cult classic. It makes you look at the scars hidden behind fake smiles and silence. Like Requiem of a Dream, it touches on issues in society we often ignore. While it isn't as gritty and painful to watch as Requiem of a Dream. It's definitely worth the time.
The Golem was a slow-paced moody film. Not quite horror but an interesting twist on folklore. I would classify it as a mild dramatic thriller. Unlike most horror films with very dark scenes, this film occurs mostly in the day. I loved this aspect because it shows that bad things can happen at any time. The time is 1673, in a small Shtetl in Lithuania. The plague is killing the gentile and they blame the Jewish community for their plight. Hanna decides to create a Golem to protect her community against the threat.
A Golem is an anthropomorphic being typically created from clay or mud. The Golem is used to serve its creator. How to destroy the Golem varies, some erase the letters on the forward, and others remove the scroll from their mouths. Regardless, they have no emotions and are somewhat controlled by their creator. At the same time, they can wreak havoc on a community by destroying everything in its path.
This film brings an old concept but makes it unique and 1673 modern. Two things can be taken away from the film. One is how people deal with grief. The film is shaped by the grief of a mother who lost her son and a dad who may lose his daughter. The second is how an entity created to protect can also destroy. Sometimes the best solution is the most destructive one. At the same time, no one wins, and we may all end up dead or mourning the dead.
In all, it's a great thinking movie. I would recommend it to everyone but not if you are looking for an actual horror film. The movie is wonderful but it isn't horror.