I finally got to see this at the national finals. Chillybox back again with a fittingly hyped entry.
The first shot had me floored. I was so ready to call this film the best of the night. The first two minutes or so were like entering into, I feel, the future of film making. The use of rhythm and the reinvention of 'the dance movie' worked incredibly well. There was incredible creativity and impressive use of technical elements. The music building with the organ, I was ready.
And then... the movie fell flat on its face. The ending, in my opinion, is unacceptably anticlimactic. This is why A Familiar Feeling (a film which otherwise does not live up to this one) probably won -- it had a much more striking note to end on. This film is lyrical and dances between moments and, though it often has issues with portraying clearly what is happening, has found a way to tell a story while treading the fine line of contemporary and experimental. But the ending was so bad I genuinely thought there was some kind of production mishap and you had to piece together the stuff you had already. Maybe with all the black screen, that was really the case? The laugh was, of course, forced.
I had a end-of-the-world kind of hunch to this movie. Perhaps it's cliche, but perhaps some kind of more supernatural 'figure' would have worked better. A bright light perhaps. Something that fits better with the idea of wind striking at the dead of midnight.