The euphoria of getting out of my stifling, stressful job has worn off by now. I keep thinking I need to be doing more, writing more, whatever. But I think I just need to calm down and do what I can, and not worry about anything else.
Just so this post isn't a total waste of space, here's a movie review:
Don't laugh too hard. I first ran across a reference to this film in dashamte's Sentinel AU "Imperfections." Blair mentioned it as one of the first movies to feature a Sentinel character, to explore Sentinel experience (albeit quietly). I figured the author of the fic had made this movie up, the title was just too perfect.
Imagine my shock when I found it while looking through DVDs at my local Borders bookstore.
It's a clever, quiet, suspenceful thriller set in Denmark and Greenland. A six-year-old Inuit boy falls from the top of his apartment building and dies, and only his neighbor, ice specialist Smilla, thinks there was anything strange about his death. Despite threats and danger, she tries to find out what really happened, and what his death had to do with scientific expeditions to Greenland over the years. The quiet, intense neighbor down the hall, who seems to be in love with Smilla, is another strange variable. Can she trust him, or not?
I really enjoyed the tone of the film, at least for the first 2/3. Smilla is a cold, introverted character who really, really loved this little boy, and the acting (along with flashbacks of her interactions with him) makes us wonder what she's really thinking, and care about her and her quest. I also liked the uneasy, charged vibe between Smilla and the mechanic downstairs, the mysterious man who keeps watching her and insists that he also wants to solve the riddle of the boy's death. Everything feels very detailed, very real--very scary and intense and gripping.
When we start getting answers, the movie turns more into the Hollywood formula for a thriller. Doesn't ruin the film, but for me it made me sad--I felt that the plot (which I wasn't as interested in) took over from characters whom I had gotten really attached to, and I begrudged that. If I ever write such a thriller, I'll want to see how tightly focused on the characters I can keep it, I think.
But it was well-directed and well-acted, and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good, atmospheric thriller.