Letterboxing into the void.
Movies hurt me.
There's a new sheriff in town (not literally he's just the new park ranger) named Finn, played by Sam Richardson, who you may recognize from Veep or a dozen other roles in tv comedies. Here in a rare leading turn, we meet him on a long drive, complete with a self-help audio book, and in an apparent rocky marriage. He's taken a new post in a remote town far away from home. He arrives in a small wooded town named…
Astute in its visual language, but unremarkable in its narrative and impressionistic aims, Diamonds of the Night employs a certain level of verisimilitude vs impressionism that is undoubtedly common among other alumni of the Czech New Wave. Unfortunately, I found the narrative focus mostly unassured and the surrealistic opportunity largely uninteresting. The more captivating visual flare bogged down by a narrative sparseness and empty characterization. There is a chance to find this more rewarding on a rewatch but as of now, it’s an experience that I found interesting but largely forgettable.