RIDM 2017: Carcasse (Iceland-France)


for Cinetalk.net

Playing like a fictional narrative (and without dialogues), Gústav Geir Bollason and Clémentine Roy’s Carcasse could be a story of the end of the world (as we know it) or the chronicle of a (after) death foretold.

The fascinating Carcasse, running just over the 60 minutes mark, beautifully shot in glorious Black and White, is the contemplative tale of a group of outcasts on an island. They use the relics of (our) old world which seems long gone. Crashed airplane, old car parts and various objects are recycled to totally different purpose to build a new one… modeled on an even more ancient one. Back to basics.

In Carcasse, there is not really a storyline. It is about the atmosphere. The mood is post-Apocalyptic. There is resonance of 1983’s Le Dernier combat, Luc Besson’s first film. The viewer enters a no man’s land challenged by survivors. Or is it the other way around? The group recycles artifact from prior modern times. Nothing is wasted and it eventually comes into a trance-like repetitive full cycle set into an undisclosed timeless era.

With Carcasse we are invited to let go and inhabit an absorbing, poetic and disconcerting world. Beautiful.


RIDM Screenings:

Nov. 10 2:00 PM
Cinéma du Parc 3
Crew member in attendance

Nov. 19 4:30 PM
Cinéma du Parc 3


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