Another Earth (2011)

 The film was promoted as a Science Fiction one, to be rightfully placed next to “2001: A Space Odyssey” or “Moon“. The truth is that when it started, it did not look promising. Not at all. There are no hard references to a science background. But as the story progressed it became evident that it is a great film.

The only link to fantasy (not science fiction) is the appearance of a second Earth, similar to ours, with identical people on top of it, continents, cities, places, problems, hopes…

The film can be “read” in two ways. The first one, is a well told story about the recklessness of a teenager that ruins its life, the remorse, and an honest effort for redemption. It is also the story of a man’s ruined life which begins to change when a caring person enters its life.

The second one which is built on top of the previous one, is the most interesting one, but being of symbolic nature, also harder to decipher. There is a phrase in the movie which expresses its very essence. Though its exact words escape my memory, the basic idea is that man has put enormous effort in studying things much bigger than him, i.e. the stars  and things much smaller than him, yet, the most challenging thing of them both, i.e. himself is the thing he knows less of them all.

Mike Cahill‘s Another Earth is a jewel that one should not miss.

My rating: 09/10

Inni (2011)

 Inni is a film about the Sigur Rós post-rock band.

You may ask: how on earth did I see this film? Well, it is one of these things that cannot be easily explained! Ok, I did not know the band, so the music was new to me as well as the film…

So, since this is a musical documentary, first the music: fractions of melody torn apart by loudness, but there are some pieces worth listening. The film: it did have the intensity of the music, it followed in an excellent way the theme and course of it, although it was very tiring at times.

My rating: 05/10

Anna (2009)

 A short film about a twelve-year-old girl, Anna, abandoned by her father, left with her mother. A struggle to unite what cannot be brought together, or how the actions of grown-ups ruin the lives of their children. Strong, realistic, with an excellent script, acting and direction.

My rating: 07/10

Two birds (Smáfuglar) (2008)

Two birds: realistic, sensitive, humane, with two amazing actors playing the main characters. Again: saying anything more for the short film will spoil it. This film is also available in YouTube: Do NOT miss it.

My rating: 08/10