Director Ahsen Nadeem goes to isolated Buddhist monastery to find the secret of the universe, or at least deal with a broken heart and ends up tossed out when he interrupts a sacred ceremony. He is then forced to talk to a lesser monk who likes ice cream and heavy metal music.
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
CROWS ARE WHITE (2022) SXSW 2022
Whether you like this film or not will be determined by how you feel about Nadeem, who presents himself as a nebish and plays things for laughs, or if not laughs but a less than serious distance. I began to shake my head when his first question to a monk was whether he was ever in love. I somehow suspected that this was going to not be the sort of film I really liked. I then lost all respect for it when he went into a closed ceremony with his cellphone. I mean he took years to get invited to this is a place where the monks take on challenges where they either complete them or die, and he fucks it up something stupid...
At that moment I wanted to smack him and I lost all respect for him and the film since it felt like a put on.
My problem with the film is not the subject matter or the irreverence, but Nadeem himself. I couldn't determine if he was putting it all on or was just stupid. It's not even the irreverence he has for it all, I can be as irreverent as they come on matters of religion, but rather he seems like a jerk who uses goofiness to cover up ill preparedness.