Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 12:28
Germany | Canada | France | Sweden | Norway 2015
Opening April 2, 2015Directed by
: Wim WendersWriting credits
: Bjørn Olaf JohannessenPrinciple actors
: James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams, Marie-Josée Croze, Robert Naylor, Peter Stormare, Patrick Bauchau
One distracted moment is all it takes to change everything. While driving on a backwoods road during a snow storm, an apathetic writer Tomas (Franco) accidentally hits and kills a young boy. Perhaps Tomas should have been paying closer attention to the road, or maybe the young boy’s older brother should have been more careful, or their mother (Gainsbourg) should have called them home before it got so late in the evening. In truth, it was no one’s fault. Despite this, the ramifications of the young boy’s death echoes through the lives of those who remain behind for years to come.
Director Wim Wenders’ use of color, texture, and symbols brings an ethereal quality to the film which is only enhanced by the addition of 3D. Particularly surprising is the understated acting of Franco who portrays a guilt-ridden writer who reaches his prime only after the tragedy of the accident. Unfortunately, the editing is at times choppy and distracting which prevents the film from truly reaching its potential. However, overall Wenders has created a thoughtful portrait of bereavement that should not be missed. (Rose F.