Helen lives in London with her father and her kids. John, her husband, is an aid-worker in Eastern Europe. He has been gone many months. Helen is desperately anxious that he should come ... See full summary »
Helen lives in London with her father and her kids. John, her husband, is an aid-worker in Eastern Europe. He has been gone many months. Helen is desperately anxious that he should come home. Taking the kids to school one morning, she is killed in a car accident. She remains caught in limbo, trapped between life and death. Many miles away, in war-torn Eastern Europe, John is unaware that his wife has died. As Helen herself is unaware that she is dead¿ Thus begins, a four-day Odyssey: Grandpa and the kids must come to terms with Helen's death; John must travel across a war-torn land as he tries to reach home; and Helen must stand helplessly observing her own existence as it comes back to haunt her - until at last she is reconciled with John, and thus released. Written by
I caught this film on the BBC on the 4th of September 06. The film is as they say "Essential cinema" . I liked it enough to prompt me to register here so I could comment on the film.
The film is very clever, the imagery is beautiful and the acting quality is high.
To appreciate this film, you need to have an open mind as this film is quite contemporary in the telling of the underlying story, which is why i think this film works so well, representing the emotions of bereavement in the family wouldn't have been as powerfully if it had been done more traditionally.
I don't agree with Sacha Van Spall's patronising comments; it's always easier to criticise than compliment something when it's different. Take a moment to realise this film !
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