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A Lake
Un lac
dir. Philippe Grandrieux / France 2008 / 90’
subtitles: Polish and English
New Horizons International Competition

Cast

Dmitry Kubasov, Natalie Rehorova, Alexei Solonchev, Simona Huelsemann, Vitaly Kishchenko, Artur Semay

Film description

After exploring the mind of a serial murderer (Sombre) and trade in humans (La vie nouvelle / A New Life), Philippe Grandrieux offers us an equally extraordinary story which resembles a sinister tale about a family who lives in an isolated house somewhere in the middle of ice-bound forest. In this space, taken from the mind of a sleeping man, woven from flashes of light, creaking branches, humming lake and melting snow which keeps falling from the trees, live two siblings: Alexi and Hege. They have an extraordinarily strong, emotional relationship - an unnamed and inexpressible feeling they both fight.Then, a third man arrives: Jurgen, a season worker assigned to help Alexi cut trees. Passion explodes between Jurgen and Hege, and the girl's brother will have to cope with it.

There is not as much violence and cruelty here as in earlier expressionist films by Grandrieux, but it is still cinema that penetrates the most intimate parts of human nature mercilessly and at the same time poetically. There is hardly any music, the lighting is natural, images are often indistinct and we have to reconstruct their sense. These elements create a world filled with internal pressure, and anticipation of inevitable tragedy.

Piotr Kletowski

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