Monday, February 1, 2021

Hive (2021) Sundance 2021

The never changing face Yllke Gashi

Fahrije is struggling with life. Her husband has been missing since the war in Kosovo.  As she tries to discover what happened to him she has to fight to make ends meet. Along the way she has struggle to deal with the men who don't want her to succeed with her new business.

I'm going to say right up front this was not my cup of tea. A well made and well acted film the dour tone and the stoic lead character never allowed me to connect to the film. I can't believe that this is a true story that someone decided to tell.

The problem for me is that when you do a cinematic biography you have to present the story in such a way that the audience has to see why you are telling this person's story. For good or bad you need to connect to the lead character. The problem here Fahrije is portrayed as a largely silent statue. We get hints of things behind the eyes but lead actress Yllke Gashi sadly keeps it buttoned up (She'd give Buster Keaton a run for his money).

I really wanted to like this film, its a hell of a story, but it was too cold for me to embrace it.

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