INDIEPIX FESTIVAL FAVORITES: VOLUME 4 REVIEWED
”Soldate Jeannette” is a Fassbinder style tale about a woman that is either destroying herself or fighting against the system. The film plays short and it took about three viewings for me to get a grasp on the material. The lead lady is playing around with societal constructs, but the film seems to be taking cues from Godard and “Safe”. Is it a straight allegory for feminist views on a male driven world? Is it absurd for being absurd? Why can’t I make sense of what’s going on? Is there anything there? Is there? Modern German Hipster Cinematic Art continues to bewilder me.
”So Bright is the View” is sold as a fable. All I see is a young woman getting hammered by the failure of her mother and her inability to escape being a woman in Eastern Europe. The lack of a bright future coupled with the need to make quick decisions places her at a hard road. Will our heroine Estera move to America or try to survive with her mother in Israel?
The film tries for a lot in its 102 minutes, but never sticks anything. I’m not sure if something is lost in the Romanian, but I never feel that connected to Estera’s struggle. After all, it seems that she loses no matter what she does.
“A Blast” features a young mother losing it and going nuts one day. She remembers the life she used to live, as stayed just an inch above the law. Now, she wants it back. What follows is child abandonment, lots of sex and generally just ditching the modern life. The film runs at a quick 83 minutes and I felt the urge to rewatch to see what I missed. Still, it’s harrowing and never stops stomping on your expectations. I quite recommend it for all hardcore viewers.
- Bonus short film
- 1.78:1 / 2.35:1 standard definition transfers
- Dolby 2.0/5.1
RELEASE DATE: 3/27/18
Video - 90%
Audio - 88%
Special Features - 90%
Film Score - 87%
The Plot Thus Far
INDIEPIX FESTIVAL FAVORITES, VOLUME 4, being released in time to celebrate Women's History Month this March, includes three acclaimed award-winners from around the globe, each of which focuses on compelling stories driven by women. SO BRIGHT IS THE VIEW, from Romania, is a slice-of-life drama following a woman in modern-day Bucharest caught at a crossroads; the deadpan SOLDATTE JEANNETTE, from Austria, is a portrait of two women from very different ends of the social spectrum; and A BLAST, from Greece, tells the story of one woman's disillusionment with everything in her life in the wake of the collapse of the economy.