Estonia's official submission to 83rd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2011. See more »
In Part I, during the Bentley scene, the shadow of the boom mic is visible for an extended period of time in the reflection of the car window. See more »
Written by Iskandar Hasnawi and Renaud Tschirner
Performed by Iskandar Hasnawi, Sébastien Roland, Renaud Tschirner See more »
the new Bela Tarr?
Second feature from the Estonian director of the highly acclaimed Sugisball charts the catastrophic breakdown of the life of a dull, provincial middle-manager. Comparison with Tarkovsky and others may be premature but this is no sophomore effort and is worth taking seriously as it's full of impressive, meticulous scenes, ranging from droll to oddball to deeply disturbing, with good use of ambient music and innovative camera-work (surprisingly, still possible).
The narrative, in five parts, is sparse and evidently a large dose of obscurantism was added during the editing. At first it looks like a bleak comedy, then it seems to morph into a religious allegory (there's a fine scene where a priest walks up the wall) before developing into a quite nasty Lynchian nightmare involving cannibalism.
One synopsis I read bears scant relation to what I saw - the diabolic choice given to Tony by the 'Meister' whether to rebel or conform (presumably a simple metaphor of life under the Soviets) was absent - which may be just as well, because the obscurity of the narrative provides much of the atmosphere.
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