Dec 18, 2018

Phantom Islands (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 2018)

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼ out of 10☼

Providing you with a different or rather, differently strange, even wondrous experience on repeated viewings, Rouzbeh Rashidi's latest feature - a sensory meditation on the 'horrors' of human relationships - boasts powerful, physically intense performances by the filmmaker duo Daniel Fawcett and Clara Pais, deepens the mystery of Film through the multitude of subtle cinematic references, transfigures the familiar Irish landscapes into a grandiose, alien(ating) utopia of supernatural proportions, and sends you into a state of dreamlike euphoria while simultaneously dreaming of you, all by virtue of the strong, alchemical, aesthetically impressive synthesis between the visual and sonic narratives.

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