Wednesday, 25 June 2008

EIFF: Enlightened Blood - Review by Miriam Ross

Director: Iván Ávila Dueñas
Running Time: 107 mins
Thu 26 Jun, 21:45
Cineworld 6

There are a lot of things which happen in Enlightened Blood that do not appear to make sense. Characters in different parts of Mexico faint and wake up to find their bodies inhabited by someone else; lives are changed and interwoven together without obvious reason. Although there is a lot happening within this film, the slow movement of the characters and the measured pacing of the scenes makes it feel as if very little occurs. There is also a constant deferral of answers to the central question of what is actually taking place. Yet to think of Enlightened Blood as a straightforward mystery film would be to deny its complex uncanny nature. Within the narrative is an incredible sadness as the characters are forced to migrate from their bodies. It is frequently a difficult and frustrating film but from it emerges a delicate and subtle treatise on the different bodies and personalities one can inhabit.

1 comment:

Kris said...

The acting in this film was incredible. It's true that this was not an "action-packed" movie, but it was driven by the characters and their emotions and reactions. The dramatic and tender way that the characters and relationships were presented (along with the surreal soundtrack and cinematography)kept me intrigued throughout the film. It does not explain everything but makes you wonder and imagine instead. I thought it was a beautiful film.