The Horse That Cried
didn't connect with me at all. I know it's based on a book/folklore, but it came across as a story of sympathetic yet stupid people making stupid decisions with little to redeem them. And yeah, that shift in tone/focus halfway through was weird. It definitely suffers from a poor print and poor subtitles, but I'm not sure if a restoration would improve my opinion on this. 6/10
, leaning toward a 5 on this.
had an unfair advantage in that it's stunningly beautiful to look at, and it's really an unfair comparison of modern technology versus older tech. Admittedly, I have a hard time distinguishing between "pretty" cinematography and "technically competent" cinematography, but I adored the setting and the way it was filmed. The story was good too, and I consider this to be slow cinema, which I don't normally go for, but I was engaged the whole time. I'm not totally in love with the ending, but everything else leading up to it was so good, and I'm really interested now in finding out how this film was made. I'm finally coming around to Georgian cinema, and I want more. 8/10
In Corn Island
, what was the significance of the item the grandfather found at the beginning? Was it just confirmation that someone had been there the year before, similar to the next guy finding the doll at the end? What even was that object?
I also loved that you go into this thinking it's a Georgian film, and then there's no dialogue for 20 minutes until the first words are exchanged between the two leads, and it's in Abkhaz, throwing asunder all your previous thoughts on the film. I wonder if it it was filmed on the actual river where the current border/line of control is. The old man is actually Turkish, and the young girl is Georgian I think, which kind of explains why so little is spoken because they probably wouldn't sound like native speakers if they spoke too much. I wonder if the other Abkhaz characters in the film were played by native speakers or not (I kind of think not given the situation there).
And I liked the motif (if that's the right word?) of (un)known danger and terror being just around the corner. It gave a sinister twist to the Pocahontas song "Just around the river bend"