Review – Zeitgeist Protest from TMBT (London)
Review by TMBT London (The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards – august 2016), where the film was nominated (spring edition):http://themonkeybreadtree.com/feature-reviews/
« Zeitgeist Protest (2016, Christophe Karabache)
There is something quite perverse about Zeitgeist Protest. Bit by bit we explore the mind of a man lost in the past terrors which haunt him. The film feels perhaps a tad exploitative of its topic, or is it perhaps our fascination with the topic which is being exploited? It doesn’t matter.
The issue at hand isn’t a discussion about film ethics really, nor is it a dilemma about the difference of spaces: the film’s space, our space, the space between us and what we are watching. These thoughts are triggered however, and it is all thanks to Christophe Karabache’s film. Here he leans his camera in and out of spaces, moving slowly in, or away. He is a skilled director, one reminiscent to me of Semih Kaplanoğlu, the highly regarded writer/director behind the Yusuf Trilogy.
The film sporadically looks like it might cheer up its topic, but that hope is swiftly turned away by the arrival of even more turbulent times. Sex and violence merge, and a burst of images which appear unfiltered and unadulterated occur. This film isn’t here to flatter upon its topic, but instead set a tone and a mood around the experience which is to be had when living with trauma. It is a skilled film, full of psyche and smartly layered thoughts embedded in a rich variety of locations and a small, but effective, cast.
It is at the end of the day a provocative watch. »
Review by TMBT film awards (London) – August 2016
The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards