October 02, 2009
One of this year's German Currents film festival. This movie was a challenge. It was subtitled and in a world so remote that you were already at a disadvantage. Unlike most American movies that have the same common plot devices/structure (boy loves girl, etc), this was off on its own culturally.
So I spent the first half being annoyed and bewildered. Only after the movie did I start to reflect on how clever it was. It is a fantasy movie with a good dash of noir mystery to it. It was well shot and acted.
It was like Harry Potter, if the Grimm Bros. had written it. Everyone was dirty, death was grisly, and life was, well, grim.