A distressful man is seen running in the street, looking wild and frightened. He doesn't allow anyone to get near him and he feels that people are out there to catch him. He did something ...
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A distressful man is seen running in the street, looking wild and frightened. He doesn't allow anyone to get near him and he feels that people are out there to catch him. He did something wrong, probably attacked or killed someone. Yet he still runs, escaping from the city to the country, believing he'll be more safe there.Written by
The premise of "Flugten" ("Escape") is apparently simple: a desperate man is seen running in the street, frightened by everyone he meets, as if being chased by invisible forces. They look at him, some in fact follow him for a while, and people seem curious about his strange appearance. Away from the town, now he finds himself in a small country village, a quiet place that allows this restless man to calm down for a while. Not for too long...
As said before, it looks an apparently film to follow. Everyone will think he's like a Jack the Ripper character, haunted by the possibility of getting caught by the mob or the police and also haunted by the crimes he committed. But director Jørgen Roos uses of highly effective symbolisms to compose what's on the main character's mind and sometimes those images doesn't seem to answer any of our questions; and this intriguing factor is what makes of "Flugten" an exciting and mysterious picture. A definite thriller.
Overimposed images, a fast editing style that reminds us of the many works from the Soviet cinema, the cinema of Eisenstein and Vertov, the absence of dialogs, are some of the movies great qualities. Pretty impressive for a first time director, filming it at the age of 20. Remarkable. 10/10
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