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15 March 2013 (USA) See more »
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One love is not enough for two See more »
Plot:
A neuron-transfer scientist experiments with the thoughts of a comatose young woman. | Add synopsis »
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7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Vanishing Waves | DVD Review
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Marius Jampolskis ... Lukas
Jurga Jutaite ... Aurora
Rudolfas Jansonas ... Jonas
Vytautas Kaniusonis ... Mantas
Martina Jablonskyte ... Lina
Darius Meskauskas ... Darius
Sharunas Bartas ... The Man
Brice Fournier ... Thomas
Philip Lenkowsky ... Damien (as Philip Lenkowski)
Frédéric Andrau ... Jacques
Maciej Marczewski ... Alex
Nicolas Simon ... Rubin
Arnoldas Eisimantas ... Paulius
Gabija Ryskuviene ... Doctor
Rasmante Burzaite ... Nurse
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Directed by
Kristina Buozyte 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kristina Buozyte 
Bruno Samper 

Produced by
Chica Benadava .... co-producer
Ludi Boeken .... co-producer
Pascal Judelewicz .... co-producer
Ieva Norviliene .... producer
 
Original Music by
Peter Von Poehl 
 
Cinematography by
Feliksas Abrukauskas 
 
Film Editing by
Suzanne Fenn 
 
Casting by
Inga Paskeviciuté 
 
Production Design by
Audrius Dumikas 
 
Makeup Department
Vaida Venckute .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrius Brazas .... first assistant director
Rasa Rimkute .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Asta Urbonaite .... set decorator
Andrius Zubkaitis .... graphic designer
 
Sound Department
Giedrius Aleknavicius .... sound recordist
Karen Blum .... sound editor
Volodia Golovnicki .... adr recordist
Dovilas Meilius .... boom operator
Leo Pouget .... sound designer
Vytis Puronas .... sound design consultant
Mathieu Rathelot .... sound mixer
Nicolas Titeux .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Maris Abolins .... digital artist: Cyberpunk, Latvia
Rita Anskaitiene .... character animator: Okta, Lithuania
Francois Beaudry .... visual effects artist: Alchemy24, Canada
Oscar Bockerman .... trainee: 3-D Trix, Finland
Martynas Cesnauskas .... lead character artist: Okta, Lithuania
Sébastien Chartier .... lead visual effects artist: Alchemy24, Canada
Arminas Didziokas .... lead 3D artist: Okta, Lithuania
Jean-François Ferland .... visual effects supervisor: Alchemy24, Canada
Platon Filimonov .... 3D visual effects technical director: Okta, Lithuania
Arnas Gaudutis .... rendering/lighting technical director: Okta, Lithuania
Vytautas Jakubonis .... compositor: Okta, Lithuania
Maxime Lapointe .... digital compositor: Alchemy24, Canada
Olli Leppänen .... compositor: 3-D Trix, Finland
Valdis Liseks .... compositor: Okta, Lithuania
Benoît Maffone .... visual effects artist
Viktoras Makauskas .... charater td
Jenny Meissner .... compositor: 3-D Trix, Finland
Catherine Nadeau .... project manager: Alchemy24, Canada
Andris Pakalns .... lead compositor: Cyberpunk, Latvia
Lionel Payet Pigeon .... post-production producer: Planet Rouge, France
Gediminas Pranckevicius .... lead matte painter: Okta, Lithuania
Julius Ragaisis .... animation supervisor: Okta, Lithuania
Janis Saldanais .... junior compositor: Cyberpunk, Latvia
Bruno Samper .... visual effects creative supervisor
Andrej Sumenkov .... technical support: Okta, Lithuania
Albert Szostkiewicz .... vfx on-set supervisor: Platige Image
Heikki Ulmanen .... compositor: 3-D Trix, Finland
Vitalijus Zukas .... visual effects producer: Okta, Lithuania (as Vatalijus Zhukas)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Giedrius Bukaitis .... best boy
Zdislav Jagelo .... additional grip
Rimas Jurgelevicius .... gaffer
Julius Siciunas .... second assistant camera
Deividas Stankevicius .... best boy
 
Casting Department
Aleksandra Gruber .... Polish casting
Simas Lindesis .... additional Lithuanian casting
 
Editorial Department
Bernardas Andriusis .... assistant editor
Michael Derrossett .... colorist
 
Music Department
Malin-My Ball .... performed by
Dan Berglund .... performed by
Cyrille Brissot .... composer: additional music
Johanna Dahl .... performed by
Martin Hederos .... arranger: strings
Martin Hederos .... conductor
Martin Hederos .... performed by
Johanna Inge .... performed by
Marie Modiano .... vocals
Maya Villanueva .... vocals
Marie-Louise Williams-Sjöberg .... performed by
 
Other crew
Jelena Grishina .... script supervisor
Anne Laure Poulet .... production assistant
Bruno Samper .... creative supervising director
Bruno Samper .... visual style author
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Aurora" - Lithuania (original title)
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Runtime:
124 min
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63 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
A sci-fi conundrum interspersed with an erotically-charged, luscious program of modern dance, 7 October 2012
Author: larry-411 from United States

Stanley Kubrick meets Gaspar Noe in Lithuanian director Kristina Buozyte's third feature, co-written with Bruno Samper, a visually stunning, sexy sci-fi romantic thriller that's winning awards and taking festivals by storm. Here, at Fantastic Fest, "Vanishing Waves" took four of the five jury trophies in the Fantastic Features category: Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, and Actress (Jurga Jutaite).

Don't arrive late because a brief opening narration sets up the story's premise. In a line, scientists discover a way to wire the "inactive" brain of a comatose patient (Aurora, portrayed by Jurga Jutaite) with that of a healthy subject (Marius Jampolskis as Lukas) as a way of peering into the secret workings of the coma victim's mind. Of course, things don't necessarily go as planned. Fans of 9 Songs and Anatomy of Hell will appreciate the continual forays into what some might call a soft porn ballet as the neurological experiments progress.

More than anything, the movie is a sci-fi conundrum interspersed with an erotically-charged, luscious program of modern dance. Jutaite and Jampolskis are absolutely wedded to these performances. Emotions are delicately underplayed, with the focus on the on screen pas-de-deux. There's very little dialogue as the script favors feelings and thoughts over actions and reactions.

The lush look of the film is its overarching achievement. It opens with a ONEr -- a single long take that immediately establishes this as a cinematographic showcase. Director of Photography Feliksas Abrukauskas helps craft a motion picture that would be gorgeous to watch even without any plot at all. "Vanishing Waves" has, unquestionably, some of the most beautiful cinematography of any film I've seen all year.

The regular but judicious use of single takes and long tracking shots enhance the fluidity of the action and keep the characters constantly in motion within the frame. There are no shaky hand-held images here -- this is a study in the effective use of Steadicam in telling a story beyond the limits of the scripted page. Editor Suzanne Fenn trusts the viewer's eye will know when to take a rest from this delicious assault on the senses and keeps cuts to a minimum.

Aurora and Lukas are bathed in light, viewed in oversaturated images almost devoid of color. The film is filled with the blacks and grays and whites so ubiquitous in the science fiction genre. The monochromatic clinic set is black and white. Shots in Lukas' house utilize a cold color palette dominated by pastel blues. The only primary colors on display owe their appearance to the occasional food-centric dream sequence.

Peter Von Poehl's sweeping original score rests on a continuous humming that echoes the electronic drone of the medical equipment as well as the imagined workings of the human brain. It's magnificently integrated into the narrative.

"Vanishing Waves" is simply gorgeous to behold. The premise is elegant but the execution of the dream sequences will sweep you off your brain. This is a singular cinematic experience to savor like an all-night gourmet meal or foray into sexual experimentation. Or both at once.

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