Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A few words on Fish & Cat (2013) New Directors New Films 2014

Experimental film telling a time fragmented story concerning several going to a kite flying festival and colliding with a backwoods restaurant that served human flesh.

I'm going to be honest here and say I don't know what I make of the film. I think the most honest description of the film is that it's an interesting attempt at doing something different.  The trouble is that  the dialog is not natural and very much theatrical with some bits full of formal dialog and other bits having characters commenting on what we are seeing with a voice over.

It doesn't help that the film was done in one long  take which results in long periods where people are simply walking through the woods and an odd framing of action and characters. Events that should be taking place elsewhere are played out in the forest or by the lake.its not bad as such, rather it comes off as stage play that they've tried to open up but somehow misstepped.

The real sin is that this film is way too long. Running around two and a quarter hours the film seems to go on and on, with a large portion of the trouble coming from the single take requiring that we wander around until we get to the next place where something happens.  I turned off and stopped caring.

Unless you like interesting attempts you can try it, I'd take a pass.

The film plays March 27 and 28

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