The Postman’s White Nights (Konchalovsky, 2014)

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Words like banal, uneventful and repetitive are normally viewed as having negative connotations. However, in Andrei Konchalovsky’s The Postman’s White Nights, they describe a life most modern iPhone and Android addicts wouldn’t understand. There are no game consoles; no fidget spinners. On these small Russian islands, one would be hard pressed to find a vehicle other than a fishing boat. Life by Kenozero Lake has its own rhythm and routine. As much as there are mundane daily tasks, there are also warm camaraderie and a familiarity between neighbors and colleagues that modern society lacks.

The region’s postman (Aleksey Tryapitsyn) deals with personal demons (or, more specifically, a mysterious grey cat) as he tends to his daily chores. Not only does he deliver mail to the villagers, but also checks in on them and brings them groceries. He even temporarily adopts a young boy to keep him entertained and enriched. Otherwise what would the child do all day while his mother takes secret lovers in the back room of their house? Possibly the best parts of The Postman are the Continue reading

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The Rover (2014)

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David Michôd, director of the academy award nominated Animal Kingdom (2010), directed The Rover in 2014.

Starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, The Rover is set in a devastated land, the result of a global economic collapse, where a man is obsessively pursuing a group of thieves, who stole his car, in an uncanny alliance with the brother of one the thieves.

The Rover starts on a wasteland road that immediately makes the viewer think of the original  Mad Max. But Those longing for a lot of action ( because of the set up and two stars involved) will be deceived. There is a grim ambiance about The Rover, Continue reading

On Blu-Ray : BLIND (2014- Eskil Vogt)

 

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Blind is a Norwegian drama. The first feature of director Eskil Vogt, best-known for his collaboration with Danish director Joachim Trier (he has co-written his three feature films so far including the acclaimed Oslo, 31. august). It’s an impressive debut,  well-assured and audacious.

Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home – a place where she can feel in control. While her frequently-absent husband is at work, she is alone and deeply plunges into her thoughts and her writing.

A sensual and sensory film, its approach of the themes installs an overflow of imagination…  Seen through the (blind) eyes of the young woman and her personal universe, the first-person character-driven narrative  may seem at time confusing  as it constantly switches from her reality to her fictional work. As the viewer tries to discern what’s her reality from what is fragments of her imagination, Vogt challenges the intellect and senses with refine imagery  and  by  abrupt editing and fractured voice-over with a certain reminiscence of the late Alain Resnais. It  makes this work distinct and riveting.

Yours to discover.