Opening 7 Apr 2011
Writing credits: Benedek Fliegauf
Principal actors: Eva Green, Matt Smith, Lesley Manville, Peter Wight, Hannah Murray
This German-Hungarian-French film by Benedek Fliegauf showed at the 2010 Filmfest Hamburg. Rebecca marries her kindergarten boyfriend Tommy, who then dies in an accident. She refuses to accept the loss and manages to clone an embryo, which is implanted into her “womb,” and thus she bears a son, the image of her lost husband. She lives alone with him in a house on a lonesome beach.
I could say there is much symbolism and room for discussion about ethics, loneliness, and the mother-in-law who disapproves, but it doesn’t really grab anyone’s attention. The film is slow and without music. The best part is the gorgeous scenery on the beach of Schleswig-Holstein where the film was made. (Becky Tan)