feeling >>> meaning
A tale untangling against the bitter cold planes of 10th century Scandinavia, The Northman throws us into the earthy yet surreal Viking world, into a web of visions and prophecies overshadowed by gleeful brutality. Fantasy and religion converge with psychedelic ceremonies and hallucinatory rituals to craft a world palpably distanced from our own.
Within this coldly disoriented terrain unravels the story of Amleth, a young prince who bears witness to the betrayal and death of his father, King Aurvandil. In…
phantasmic presence looming, overshadowing. expressive, farcical, heightened despair, terror, love. a lone building, decaying, reaching, steeped in darkness. plague manifesting physically and psychically— a plague of incertitude, sheer, senseless terror of the other. that which cannot be defined. sacrifice, purity, perverse in it's simplicity. an explanation willed, a solution dreamt. terror of the unknown lingers— a poisoned fog deeply concentrated within.
Mesmerising, hypnotic. A delicately strung sequence, a tentative struggle, a projection of that irreplicable process— the straining of a soul at loss with itself. Kieślowski’s creation is an utter surrender to illogicality, to the impossible, to those forces that may govern us though we remain tragically unaware.
There exists pain that cannot be conceptualised or expressed with words; only through art and music. Your voice may stutter out of the strings of an instrument, may spill from the brushstrokes of…
We are savages... No, that’s wrong, savages are more spiritual than us.
The Sacrifice is a darkly humanistic spiritual allegory on nuclear war, confronting a vision of material corruption against man’s inherent strive for the ideal. There is something undeniably Bergman-esque in Tarkovsky’s characters; they are polyphonic and three dimensional, weighted by an existential entrapment, their dialogue laced with epistemological musings and a world weariness bordering on hysteria.
It is a film studded with literary allusions... references to Dostoyevsky’s Myshkin,…