I origins – Film Recommendation

i origins film

Synopsis:

I ORIGINS (2014), the second feature film from writer and director Mike Cahill, tells the story of Dr. Ian Gray, a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab partner Karen, they make a stunning scientific discovery that has far reaching implications and complicates both his scientific and spiritual beliefs. Traveling half way around the world, he risks everything he has ever known to validate his theory.

In this thought-provoking drama, two renown molecular biologists make a mind-blowing discovery that may unlock the greatest mysteries of life.

Review:

I truly loved the film for its approach, soundtrack and settings, with director Mike Cahill doing an excellent job casting Michael Pitt and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey to play the main characters.

Although the main subject of the film is supposed to be the evolution of the eye and the scientific endeavours of a small team of young researchers, while watching the movie, you are set to discover two opposing worlds, different lifestyles, beliefs and definitions of life.

Sofie, played by Astrid Bergès-Frisbey comes as a breath of fresh air both in the life of PHD student Ian Gray and in the storyline of the film itself. You get to love, yet pity Sofie instantly. Her innocence and true commitment to spirituality and life become a leitmotif in the first part of the film, bringing a balance in the life of atheist, science-devoted Ian Gray.

While their beliefs and lifelong engagements have nothing in common, whatsoever, love is sure to bring them together, inviting audiences to reflect on the idea of a coexistance, of a interdependance between real proof and man-made hope, agnosticism and hard-core science.

While watching this movie, I came to realise that eyes are truly the gate to one’s very soul. Despite its strong commitment to find an explanation for the evolution of the eye, Ian Gray falls victim to the labyrinths of Sophie’s eyes, discovering worlds that he not only never knew they existed, but which will change his life forever.

As I previously mentioned the soundtrack, I particularly liked the song ”Dust it off” by The . Long after the film was over, I was still listening to this tune, letting myself immersed in the world created by the sounds, lyrics and the voice of lead singer Olivia Bouyssou Merilahti.

Have you watched the film, yet? What did you make of it? I would love to hear whether you agree or disagree with my brief review of the 2014 drama “I Origins” by Mike Cahill.

Amour Fou- Avant-Première on February 5 in Luxembourg

Amour Fou poster

A Luxembourg-Germany-Austria film co-production will soon arrive in the Grand Duchy’s cinema theaters with a public screening and a cocktail dinner event set to take place at Cine Utopia on February 5 from 7pm.

Don’t miss out on the chance to see the cast and the director of the wonderful “romantic comedy” Amour Fou followed by a cocktail dinner in the Utopia Lounge! Hurry up to buy your ticket online or via the Cine Utopia box office as only 50 seats are available to the public.

For more info, please click here for the film’s official website.

Amour Fou

Feature film / Austria / Luxembourg / Germany / 96 min / 2014

World premiere: Un Certain Regard, International Film Festival Cannes 2014

Directed by: Jessica Hausner

Cast:  Stephan Grossmann, Birte Schnoeink, Christian Friedel

Original language: German, with French subtitles

Synopsis

Berlin, the Romantic Era. Young poet Heinrich wishes to conquer the inevitability of death through love, yet is unable to convince his sceptical cousin Marie to join him in a suicide pact. It is whilst coming to terms with this refusal, ineffably distressed by his cousin’s insensitivity to the depth of his feelings, that Heinrich meets Henriette, the wife of a business acquaintance. Heinrich’s subsequent offer to the beguiling young woman at first holds scant appeal, that is until Henriette discovers she is suffering from a terminal illness. AMOUR FOU is a “romantic comedy” based loosely on the suicide of the poet Henrich von Kleist in 1811.

Amour Fou

Fiction/Autriche/Luxembourg/Allemagne/96 minutes/2014

Première: Un Certain Regard, International Film Festival Cannes 2014

Réalisatrice: Jessica Hausner

Acteurs : Stephan Grossmann, Birte Schnoeink, Christian Friedel

Version originale allemande  avec sous-titres en français pour l’avant-première.

Le film AMOUR FOU réalisé par Jessica Hausner, a été sélectionné au Festival de Cannes dans la catégorie “Un Certain Regard”. Distingué par le prix du “Meilleur film” au Lisbon & Estoril film festival et nominé dans 8 catégories au Österreichischer Filmpreis, le film a été présenté dans de nombreux festivals tels que le Festival International du Film de Karlovy Vary, le Festival International du Film de Melbourne, le Festival International du Film de Toronto TIFF, le Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival, le festival du film Max Ophüls Preis, l’International Filmfestival Rotterdam ou l’EU Film Festival en Chine.

Pour plus d’infos cliquez ici pour acceder au site officiel du film.

Synopsis

Berlin, à l’époque romantique. Le jeune poète tragique Heinrich souhaite dépasser le côté inéluctable de la mort grâce à l’amour : il tente de convaincre sa cousine Marie, qui lui est proche, de contrer le destin en déterminant ensemble leur suicide, mais Marie, malgré son insistance, reste sceptique. Heinrich est déprimé par le manque de sensibilité de sa cousine, alors qu’Henriette, une jeune épouse qu’Heinrich avait également approchée, semble soudainement tentée par la proposition lorsqu’elle apprend qu’elle est atteinte d’une maladie incurable. Une “comédie romantique” librement inspirée du suicide du poète Heinrich von Kleist, 1811.