Fire at Sea ★★½

Honestly not convinced that “some people have much more serious and life-threatening problems than other people” is the stirring insight the filmmakers seem to think it is. But this illustration of the mid-2010s migrant crisis, shot around Sicily, is stunningly intimate — so much so that it often feels more like a narrative fiction film than a documentary. For me this actually has a bit of a distancing effect, but in our age, that’s really my hangup... and there’s certainly some astounding and heartbreaking footage invoked here. I’d just prefer not to have it constantly interrupted by a slingshot-building kid who seems to be practicing for a future gig as a talk show host. And I’d appreciate if the movie didn’t vaguely imply that anxiety isn’t a particularly hard thing to deal with, but again, personal hangups!!!