Finisterrae (2010) MIFF Film Review


Two Russian ghosts are sick of not living, and so are told to travel across Spain until they find a door through which they will be reincarnated. To begin with, this is clearly not a naturalistic plot. What follows is one of the strangest and, at times, most enjoyable absurd films I have ever experienced.

The ghosts are two figures covered in white sheets with black eye holes, like a child would draw. They seek counsel several times from various figures along their path – from an opera singer to an owl. Sometimes, one rides a horse or is in a wheelchair. Sometimes, one carries a windsock. Sometimes they are separated, although mostly they are together. One even plays flute on stick.

This is crazy and bizarre but beautifully shot and I was thoroughly entertained.