Bokeh

Movie Reviews

I’m not sure how to feel about this movie. Firstly, the cinematography and the various natural shots of Iceland were beautiful. Secondly, the instrumental atmospheric music matched perfectly. Third, the performances by the cast and on screen chemistry were very naturalistic and well performed.

This is more of an “art film” than anything.

Now for the part that may contain spoilers so reader be warned…

This is probably the best portrayal of and most causing the audience to feel a sense of isolation and loneliness of any film I’ve yet to see. The scenery and music played this up masterfully.

I both like and dislike the part that no explanation is ever given. The characters are in the dark and so is the audience. But it is a little frustrating that it is never revealed.

The ending is a bit of a downer, which I am okay with, but it feels too open ended to be satisfying. There is a climax of sorts but no true resolution. The Last shot that plays through the credits has no pay off so it’s a bit of a waste.

I didn’t care for the theological or philosophical debate and conversation between the woman and old man, and the woman and her boyfriend. I feel like that was very artistic in a certain way but ultimately never pays off.

The title is too much of a misnomer. He’s a photographer but that’s the only connection. The photos he takes don’t even have any bokeh! It is maybe supposed to have a deeper meaning but it is lost on me and feels, like the movie, artistic for the sake of being artistic which is a little lame.

There are too many unanswered questions for it to be a satisfying film to experience but it is beautiful enough in its own ways to appreciate it.

Not sure I would recommend this to anyone outside of cinematography students.

I give it a 2.5 out of 5.

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