Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sight & Sound Challenge: Ordet (1955)

Film: Ordet (126/250) 
First Time/Rewatch: First Time

Damn, Dreyer, you did it again! This is the 4th film of his that I've watching during this challenge (the others being Vampyr, Day of Wrath, and The Passion of Joan of Arc) and my high expectations were not disappointed. The minimalism (though not as much as his previous films), the gorgeous black and white photography....there was a scene (pictured above) where I was just marveling at how gorgeous the tall grass looked. The film looked gorgeous and the themes of religion were thought-provoking and unsettling. A family has three sons: one in love with a girl of a different faith, one who is an atheist and is happy in his marriage to his devout wife, and another who, after a mental breakdown, believes himself to be Jesus Christ. The film explores different conversations about faith in all its forms, and I'm honestly not sure what to make about the resolution. It's unsettling and ambiguous, and I don't mind a bit. 

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