THE LOST MAN (EL PERDIDO) (2016) by Christophe Farnarier
One afternoon I was decided to enjoy whatching a movie in Aragón Cinemas in Valencia. A priori the film seems well. It ws based in a true story. In February in 1994 in Ripollès, Martí, a shy and withdrawn man, drive his motorbike, he moves away of his village. He leaves the motorbike, his wallet and a cap at the foot of a oak. He takes with himself a shotgun, he try commits suicide with its, but he can’t do it. Then he begin to live in a mount. He decided live in the nature far from the madding crowd and the society.
It is really risky making a movie like this, with only one player, without dialogues and previous explanation. It could work out bad and…it was!!This kind of films is too much experimental, it relys in the spectator’s powers of deduction or in their predictive powers. If only was this, but the muvie is very bored, it bores the socks off. I haven’t slept in a cinema till with this movie. I slept, I admit it. But I didn’t lose any action, because, basically, in the movie doesn’t happend anything. It is surprising because the film last 93 minutes!
In spite of I admit that is very original, a very interesting project. The landscapes are very good chosen, they looks greats, infinite. The woods seem magic, like the fairies live in there. And the actor, he makes a very good work, he is really amazing. But this is not enough, the experimentation in cinema has a limits, if a film need a explanation for understand it, the movie doesn’t fulfill its function, it is only an esthetical exercise, it doesn’t relate anything. It is visual, surprising, interesting and strange, is something anecdotal and, I think, this is the director claims with its.