Freitag, 7. Februar 2014

Berlinale: Nước 2030

"Nước 2030" by Nghiêm-Minh Nguyễn-Võ is a vietnamese sci-fi love/crime story set in a future where most of the land is submerged under rising sea water. The production design is adequate if never quite exceptional but the photography is oftentimes hypnotically beautiful as it shows the timesless splendor of waves and light in their lavish expanse and untamed colors. Add to that a mostly experimental score striking in its disharmony and you get a cinematic language that's expressively bold and vibrant. Unfortunately the film is narratively just all over the place, touching upon the melodramatic, the suspenseful, the political, the fantastical without hitting any one of those notes home. The questionable editing doen't help propelling or even explaining things much, so the uninitiated viewer could well be left alternately confused and bored through all that visual poetry.

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