Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Krisana - Fallen

This is a wonderfully melancholy, atmospheric film by the maverick German director Fred Kelemen. Set in Riga, it follows the events in the life of Matiss, after he has witnessed a woman apparently throw herself to her death from a bridge. Events unfold slowly without ever dragging, you can feel the characters thoughts in the silent moments and as a result ponder all sorts of questions around responsibility and isolation.
It's unlikely that Riga Tourist Board would pick this film for publicity purposes. For a city lauded as one of the new top destinations in eastern Europe, it looks pretty grim in this film.

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