Donner Pass has a well-known and macabre history - the place where George Donner and his party got stuck in the winter of 1846 and were forced to resort to cannibalism to keep from starving. But what if it wasn't just history?
Backlight is one of the best films I've seen this year. There are various ways this film can be read and a number of messages implied from the various stories of the characters. What makes this film superb is how the path of each characters determines and influences the other character's lives. There are also solid performances although the are no big stars in the cast. It's an independent film but shot extremely well which makes it look rather mainstream like a high budget film. The script is also brilliant with nicely fleshed out characters and plots which intertwine neatly in the end to show how everything is related. By all honesty this movie is so inspiring that I was yanked back in my seat by emotion. It is a rare movie which made me think about the meaning of life and how we are all connected to each other. Most movies I've seen have no purpose or meaning of any kind. This had it all, plus cliffhangers that went on. Lucy' story is full of suspense and all the other stories mixed together are so emotional. Every single frame of the film is filled with a purpose. Each word and action accounted for some point later on. It is so pleasing finding a script that controls me and makes me look like an idiot in the face of perfection.
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