Four lives that could not be more different and a single passion that unites them: the unconditional love for their cinemas, somewhere at the end of the world. COMRADES IN DREAMS brings ... See full summary »
Four lives that could not be more different and a single passion that unites them: the unconditional love for their cinemas, somewhere at the end of the world. COMRADES IN DREAMS brings together six cinema makers from North Korea, America, India and Africa and follows their efforts to make their audiences dream every night. In doing so, the film dives into a set of fascinating lives where stories from the everyday and from the silver screen frequently merge into something magical. Written by
Theatrical quality images and shooting in four different countries indicates a seriousness of purpose about this German documentary. Unfortunately what they brought back has been stretched to twice the length of it's interest value.
An Indian tent show, a Cultural Centre in Republic of Korea, the Flick regional theatre in the American Mid West and an open air auditorium in Burkina Faso are intercut as they put on their shows. Only the Korean (looks awful) and Indian movies are shown, the Hollywood product apparently being too pricey.
Attempts at making the comparison meaningful, like having the two audiences comment TITANIC, don't yield anything useful. There are glimpses of the life styles of the different communities which occasionally get attention. The makers resist the chance to ridicule the Koreans, which is at least winning, but at this length the film drags.
Cutting and pointing the work with a sharp commentary could validate the possibilities the shape of the project provides.
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