Rhino Season (2012) – MIFF Film Review

RhinoFeature

 

Iraq/Kurdistan/Turkey 90 mins

Disjointed clips intermingled with strange and mysterious dream sequences to tell the story of husband and wife Sahel (Behrouz Vossoughi) and Mina (Monica Bellucci). Sahel, a poet, is imprisoned for thirty years as an enemy of the state, betrayed by his driver, Akbar Rezai (Yilmaz Erdogan) who is desperately in love with Mina.

This is an extremely beautiful film with slow, static shots revealing the inner motions of the various characters. The tale itself is intriguing, but the film becomes too mysterious for me. There were some parts that made little sense. I’m sure there were metaphors and layers, but I didn’t get it. I let myself enjoy the film simply for the beauty.

Rhino Season screens at the Forum Theatre on Tuesday, July 30 at 11am, Sunday, August 4 at 4:15pm and at ACMI on Friday, August 9 at 4pm. To book tickets, visit http://miff.com.au/

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