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Very powerful Nordic film touts taboo subjects
chitownclark from United States
8 March 2005
Hans Geissendorfer's "Schneeland" or Snowland provided one of the most
gripping, emotional evenings of theater I've experienced.
The film was premiered in the U.S. at the '05 Sundance Film Festival in
January. Geissendorfer was there and answered questions from the
audience after the film.
Altho most reviews of the film seem to focus on the modern-day story of
the German woman who is desperately depressed, the real story is of
Inna and her abusive father on a subsistence farm in Depression-era
Lapland. The manner that Geissendorfer makes us aware of the linkage
between the two women over the years generates unexpected emotional
Here is a real story, told beautifully, with a surprising ending that
leaves us with a sense of satisfaction and hope.
I think most reviewers who've rated the film so low were reacting to
the taboo topic of parental molestation, and the grim
politically-incorrect circumstances of the film. But these are issues
that humans have had to deal with for their entire history, right up to
today. To see such a story told honestly, grippingly, and so
beautifully, makes "Schneeland" my nomination for my best film
experience in the past year.
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