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The director is walking a thin line here and hardly avoids falling into the orientalism trap. Difficult to master this balance though, because this is not Tanna. Both female leads really good, male actors are a couple steps behind.
This part of the country is similar to Northern Europe, rain and storm and dark clouds, giant waves hammering the beach. If there was any intention of symbolism here, it wasn't well placed though.
Both leading characters were developed well, but we are so used to TV series these days one wishes we should have learnt more about them. Would they have had different lives if they had kids?
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