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Light Years Away (1981)
"Les années lumière" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  20 May 1981 (France)
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A young drifter meets up with a strange old man who claims that he has been taught to fly by birds.

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A young drifter meets up with a strange old man who claims that he has been taught to fly by birds.

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6 October 2012 | by (Tornio, Finland) – See all my reviews

This film, released at the time under the title Light Years Away, is an intriguing variation on the master-apprentice theme. A restless young man with no ambitions is taken in by a mysterious old man who undertakes to teach him.

As in all apprenticeships, the young man must overcome a number of tests in order to be admitted to the inner sanctum of the Master's wisdom.

At this point the prospective viewer might imagine the story is set in a fairytale world full of magic and mystery, but instead he will find himself facing the bleak Irish countryside that serves as a great counterpoint to the mystery in the plot.

Do not be put off by the relative obscurity of this film, it is a true work of art.


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