Young Simone is involved in a near fatal car crash, and as she questions her mortality, she also decides to have a baby. Her candidate for a father is her best friend Phillipe who happens ...
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During an opulent banquet, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this grotesque universe, an unexpected sequence of events destabilizes the endless symphony of abundance.
A series of flashing green and red screens, set to music, create the effect of patterns in the viewer's eyes (ganzfeld). The patterns seem to react to the music, supporting the claim made in the title.
Young Simone is involved in a near fatal car crash, and as she questions her mortality, she also decides to have a baby. Her candidate for a father is her best friend Phillipe who happens to be seeing someone. He agrees, as long as they conceive in Salt Lake City, in the desert. The trip teaches many lessons about love, solitude, and self-discovery.Written by
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A Silent Beginning To Contemporary Cinema's Most Versatile Filmmaker
Bringing its whacky premise to cinematic life in a simple, amusing fashion, Denis Villeneuve's feature film debut is a well crafted, wonderfully photographed & finely performed dramedy that commences his filmmaking journey on a promising note.
August 32nd on Earth tells the story of a young woman who starts questioning her mortality after surviving a near fatal car crash and concludes that having a baby is the only way to give her vacant life some meaning, and asks her best friend to help her conceive.
Written & directed by Denis Villeneuve (best known for Incendies, Arrival & Blade Runner 2049), August 32nd on Earth has a lighthearted vibe to it when compared to his later works but the existential theme that's evident in nearly all his films is very much present here.
Also notable is its flexible camerawork, for the director experiments with numerous techniques to give its images a distinct quality while its bright colour palette helps in keeping things afloat. Performances are a definite plus too as the film benefits from sincere inputs from its cast.
On an overall scale, August 32nd on Earth isn't as refined or engrossing as Denis Villeneuve's later works but for a debut feature, it's not too shabby. There are hints of brilliance scattered here n there but nothing that really stands out. A simple, silent beginning if not a memorable one, August 32nd on Earth is where it all started for one of contemporary cinema's most gifted, acclaimed & versatile filmmakers.
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