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Aniara (2018)

R | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 17 May 2019 (USA)
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A spaceship carrying settlers to Mars is knocked off course, causing the consumption-obsessed passengers to consider their place in the universe.

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Pella Kagerman (as Pella Kågerman), Hugo Lilja

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emelie Jonsson ... Mimaroben
Bianca Cruzeiro Bianca Cruzeiro ... Isagel
Arvin Kananian ... Chefone
Anneli Martini Anneli Martini ... The Astronomer
Jennie Silfverhjelm Jennie Silfverhjelm ... Libidel
Emma Broomé Emma Broomé ... Chebeba
Jamil Drissi ... The Intendent
Leon Jiber Leon Jiber ... Daisi Doody
Peter Carlberg Peter Carlberg ... Chief Engineer
Juan Rodríguez Juan Rodríguez ... The Man from Gond
David Nzinga ... Mima Host
Dakota Trancher Williams ... Tivo
Otis Castillo Ålhed Otis Castillo Ålhed ... Isagel's younger child
Dante Westergårdh Dante Westergårdh ... Isagel's younger child
Elin Lilleman Eriksson Elin Lilleman Eriksson ... Yaal
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Aniara is the story of one of the many spaceships used for transporting Earth's population to their new home-planet Mars. But just as Aniara leaves the ruined Earth, she collides with an asteroid and is knocked off her course. Aniara's passengers slowly realize that they'll never be able to return; they will continue onwards through an empty and cold universe forever. The Swedish Nobel prize winner Harry Martinsson wrote Aniara in 1956. The novel has been translated into a number of different languages, including danish, finnish, english, russian, czech, arabic, japanese and most recently chinese. It has been staged as opera and several theatrical productions, but has never before been filmed. In Aniara's inexorable journey towards destruction there is a warning that cannot be emphasized enough. There's only one Earth. We have only one life. So, we have to take responsibility for our actions and constantly guard our environment and our humanity. If we don't, Earth will soon be a ...

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A simple trip to Mars will become the journey of a lifetime

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Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, disturbing images, and drug use | See all certifications »
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Sweden | Denmark

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Swedish

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17 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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So disappointed
28 January 2019 | by rw-15604See all my reviews

I had... great expectations. The poem made a profound impression on me as a young boy when I read it the first time at around 12 or 13 years of age. The vision of the ship with its hapless passengers drifting endlessly across the infinite void, unable to change their ultimate destiny, descending into inevitable darkness struck a chord that still reverberates within me decades later.

Unfortunately the directors lost the ball. Instead of a much anticipated visual retelling of the epic poem we get bad acting and strange decisions on the cutting board. It seems to me the problem with the actors is that they seem to have been recruited more or less directly from the theatre, obviously a forum they are more comfortable with. The dialog is presented in a strange intonation making it stilted and unnatural. It feels false, recited rather than truly experienced. Neither are the characters given much room to become people in the eyes of the audience. Mostly they lack depth and feel more like paper cutouts, hastily put in place and given a token smear of storyline just enough to separate them from the others, rather than as real living people. Transitions between scenes ar... BLAM STOP BLACK SCREEN almost in the middle of a sentence and then a written text proclaiming the next chapter. So strange. So unnatural. So disruptive.

Yes, the movie had a limited budget which explains some of the shortcuts that had to be taken, but... 20 million actually is quite substantial sum as the story doesn't need much in the way of special effects or expensive sets, not really. The focus on the poem is not on the surroundings or the interior of the ship, but on the interactions between the people on board. No, lesbochock nudity and explicit orgies does not cover the vast rifts in the storytelling, though predicibly the attempt was made. The end result isn't bad, not really. It's worse, it's meh. Meh meh meh.

No, I am not a script writer, nor a director, in fact I have no experience with film making but... this could have been done better. So much better. So disappointed.


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