Eastern European cinema is a diverse subject that has been scarcely regarded, especially compared to other world cinemas. From screen analysis to personal accounts, this blog is a meditation on Eastern European cultural values with emphasis on totalitarian iconography and other clandestine ciphers that have become motifs across the films of Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia, Czech Republic and East Germany.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Film Review: Post Mortem (2015) Jakov Torić
By Olivia Maria Hărşan
In Post Mortem Jakov Torić
presents a dissection of a summer past through a compilation of shots taken at
a beachside resort during the colder months of the year. The spaces filmed are
deserted and bleak while Torić teases his audience with diegetic sound captured
during a crowded summer season – we hear children playing, a boat splashing
across the water, people gathered together, chatting and enjoying their
holiday. Now only remnants of the past linger – shops that were once populated
are temporarily closed while the streets remain empty with no one in sight. Torić’s
film captures the idea that without the sun, without the warmth this place is
nothing. Even paradise fails to last forever.