Voice Over by Martin Rosete

6 08 2013

A triumphant tripartite, that moves the heart, stimulates the mind and searches the soul. Winner of 44 awards and selected for 80 festivals, Voice Over explores the art of how a good script can dictate and shape. The voice over is almost lyrical, it is hypnotic and when combined with inventive and despairing life-threatening instances, as a viewer you cannot help but be entranced. The cinematography is magnificent, the astronaut-cave scene with its ominous redness, the elevated birds-eye view of the soldier crawling and the extreme long-shot that reveals the teetering, tipping boat that holds the fisherman’s perilous predicament. Then there is the twist. I shan’t give it away… This film showcases how a good script can really produce a fantastic film. Yet, for me there is another meaning to this film. I’m not sure if it’s the French-ness. The bleak scenarios that seem irreversible seemed to have a bit of the existentialist about it and I began to think of the work of Sartre and Camus. Or maybe it is the authorial, tyrannical, god-like narrator that rolls the dice always knowing the outcome. For me this film is about humanity’s infinite battle with its old time foe, life. It’s about the obstacles, challenges, problems, but it’s about how you deal with them. Do you allow your oxygen to expire, do you allow your issues affect your helping of others, do you allow yourself to be swept out to sea by the tide, to be held under to drown like so many others. Or, do you prevail, do you succeed, do you hold life with two hands and kiss her on the lips.

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The Eagleman Stag by Mikey Yes Please

3 04 2013

A macabre reflection on the finiteness of life, we are guided though the “weighty” moments of an individual. This animated stop-motion picture effortlessly prods us to remember the exquisiteness and precious nature of life and how we are continuously ticking towards The End.  Eye catching and thought provoking, no wonder it is BAFTA winning.

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