Finisterrae tells the story of two ghosts who, tired of wandering through limbo, decide to take the Way of Saint James, to the end of the world (Finisterra) so that once there, they may begin a fleeting, earthly journey through the land of the living. An introspective journey through uninhabited lands in which they are to find themselves with strange beings, wild animals and characters never before heard of. They must confront unexpected situations, battle with their own fears and struggle with the obstacles of their own phantasmagoric condition.Written by
Disclaimer: While I enjoy many so-called "arthouse" films or "festival" films, I have no previous experience with "experimental" films. What is the purpose of the "experiment"? To throw in things and see if people love them? To propose a new aesthetic? How do you evaluate your experiment?
Anyway, back to our film. The IMDb synopsis is quite complete: two Russian speaking ghosts, draped in white sheets with two openings for the eyes, want to go back to life. Through some supernatural communication they find out that they have to travel to Santiago de Compostela for that purpose. I won't go into the details, they do just that: go to Santiago. On the way they encounter all kind of supernatural or absurd situations that, in my opinion, cannot be interpreted in any way and they serve just as a pretext for quirkiness. Trees with ears that produce sounds, a hole in a tree through which one of the ghosts sees some 80s images/graphics, a guy puking on some pie. Horse puppets burn, things appear from nothing, hocus-pocus-like, from petards and smoke, one of the ghosts balances a huge censer, all kind of such images.
The end is no better, I would not call it cathartic or that it solves some tension in the meager plot.
It could be the "Chien andalou" of our times. But at least Buñuel and Dalì stated that they made the film purposely such that it could not be interpreted in any way, that nothing in the film symbolises anything. This work however looks way immature, as if it were the ideas of overexcited 15 year old boys that are told to make a film. Most of it is ridiculous and it is extremely tedious to watch it through. I remember a scene that is shot upside down and I thought "oh no, 'look at me, how clever I am, how original I am'".
Some commended the camera work. As of the film, I do not have much positive to say about it either. In most takes, the camera is completely still, no moves, no zooms in, no zooms out, the only things that move in the frame are the ghosts and the vegetation/waves/fires/smoke.
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