I ORIGINS (2014) by Mike Cahill
“I’d like to tell you the story of the eyes that changed this world”
“I Origins” is a 2014 film directed by Mike Cahill, a young director who already showed very good things in his previous and first film, “Another Earth” in 2011. It’s funny how in both films the same plot is repeated: basing on fantastic elements, he tells stories of human relationships, stories which in itself could already be one different film, as if two movies with two different plots were merged.
Although it is true that “Origins” is higher quality than its previous movie, is also certainly a poetic, spiritual and a well done film, which shows the life of Dr. Ian Gray (Michael Pitt), molecular biologist who studies the evolution of the human eye in an empirical and scientific way. As it is quoted at a moment in the film, “The Eye in antiquity was considered the mirror of the soul itself.” In search of this “truth” intersects with Sofi (Astrid Berges-Frisbey), an enigmatic young woman that he meets at a party in New York, who has the eyes with an unusual and beautiful multicolored iris. Their meeting will be brief and passionate, but Ian will be deeply marked for this meeting and won’t stop searching to see her again but without much luck.
Although, one day, by pure chance?, he finds a clue that will take him to find her. At the same time, in the clinic where Ian does his research with his colleague Kenny (Steven Yeun, my dear Glenn of “The Walking Dead”), a new intern arrives, Karen (Brit Marling, beloved actress and former couple of the director) with whom will get on immediately, transmitting her this important scientific search for the origin of the human eye. Karen, methodical woman at work if somewhat lonely, makes a crucial and terribly surprising discovery with Ian (who has begun a relationship with Sofi), that can cause a change in the current basis of religious and scientific beliefs.
After an absolutely tragic event, the action takes place in the future, a few years later. Ian’s life has changed completely, but he continues his investigations, but not the way he used to. He has started a relationship with Karen, and they have had a child. Ian receives a strange call from Dr. Jane Simmons (Cara Seymour) that arranges to meet them with their few-month baby at a specialist clinic for a strange test, in theory, a routine one.
After this, Ian will seek for this “hidden” truth even to the other side of the world and his own world. While he being in India meets, after placing a hoarding for days, the little Salomina (Kashish), a beautiful girl with very special eyes of a strange multicolored iris…
Good performance of the cast, led by Michael Pitt who really bears the weight of the film, supported by Brit Marling and Steven Yeun, notably the almost newcomer Astrid Berges-Frisbey, actress / model of Spanish origin (Barcelona 1986 ), but of Franco-Spanish nationality, who performs that “muse” of Dr. Ian Gray that triggers the whole plot of this magnificent film.
To the brilliant filming already mentioned by Mike Cahill, should be added the “message” that this director makes the film forward: poetry, philosophy, metaphysics, religion, science, the city of New York and India as a backdrop and especially that fate that marks people in life either for good or ill. In short, certainly one of the best films of 2014, if not the best, a fact which was also reflected in the last Sitges Film Festival, where it won the award for best film.
Traducido por: Eduardo Llorente.