renemarc's comments

Comments 1 - 6 of 6

renemarc's avatar

renemarc

While the setting is science fiction, this is really a movie about depression. A detached man withdraws further from the world into self-imposed mental solitude to deal with his failings and demons, to process his longing for connection, and to decide between spoiler,

Powerful, if slow paced, like stunting unhappiness. The intemporal post-Eastern Bloc setup hints at a touch of sovietwave retro pride, while the score carries the film like an ever-present echo of sadness and hope.
3 months 2 weeks ago
renemarc's avatar

renemarc

"You are a force of nature. Nothing will stop you. Remember that!"
— Teacher Miss Young, to José age 7
4 months 4 weeks ago
renemarc's avatar

renemarc

An intricate stop-motion triptych about the importance of collaboration and understanding one another, otherwise harmony risks devolving into hurtful egocentrism and mutual self-destruction.
5 months ago
renemarc's avatar

renemarc

A visually beautiful journey about discovery, both scientific and personal, about pushing the limits and surmounting losses, odds and ridicule. That instead of succumbing to sorrow and being brought back down by self-policing crabs, one can choose to embrace opportunities, pay closer attention to intuition, and overcome internal and societal obstacles, hopefully leading to reach higher, self-selected goals.

I came for a Victorian Era brass instruments adventure à la Jules Vernes, and was pleasantly surprised with deeper, longer insights into the characters' motivations, much like when we finally get to take a peek inside Captain Nemo's brooding mind in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. The intertwined flashbacks were numerous, but still felt natural and relevant to complement both the inherent stillness and gripping action in this 2-hour pioneering balloon ride.

I am in love with the quote from the character Amelia Wren: spoiler Thanks, I needed this.
1 year 6 months ago
renemarc's avatar

renemarc

Do place this movie in its time: during the last few years of the Cold War and the threat of nuclear annihilation from space. You can feel the isolation of a non-superpower on the edge of world affairs, stuck with the consequences of dealing by default with an ally that plays by its rules. The token civil servant feeling guilt in taking part in a grand scenario leading to humanity's destruction, both acknowledging his subservient role in the events and feeling helplessly caught in the whirlwind of a masters' game of chess. spoiler

Seeing this movie gave me the same feeling of helplessness and desolate sorrow that On The Beach (1959) portrayed so well, where the doom of humanity is witnessed by its willing peons. Maybe there is a reason why today's Silicon Valley elites are buying land in New Zealand after all...
2 years 7 months ago
renemarc's avatar

renemarc

Depression... in space!
2 years 9 months ago
View comments