Saw this tonight and really liked it.
I kind of expected the ending, or something similar, and was surprised by the false ending with the smaller storm. This was mainly because there were several times that the film quietly implied that the little girl was seeing something as well
. I thought they handled that nicely, she might have seen it.... but then again maybe not. It was subtle enough. So with this in mind the real ending was satisfying, and the shot of the mother looking towards the water, with what was happening being reflected in the window beside her, was great.
For me at least the film handled his confusion about what was going on, and the possibility of his mental illness well. It didn't play this just as a plot device but was very sympathetic to what was happening to him, and I think therefore, the emotions people in the real world could possibly go through in similar mental troubles.
There were many great shots in the film. Also the kind of scenes that were shot in a way where one could sink into and connect with the characters. They moved at a nice pace, being that it was a slow film that becomes more true to life but never boring, which I think says a lot. A lot of modern films move to fast, possibly because they are scared that their story will
get boring...... and it often does. This film seemed to be confident enough in its story to take its time.
It was nice to see how they handled the little family unit and had her stand behind him, being that she was good but not outside of the bounds of belief, in her reactions to the situation. I expect lesser films would have handled her differently in a poor attempt to heighten the drama. Her character stood out because
she was so stable and thoughtful.
I've noticed that the film got an 8 out of 10 on the IMDB. That seems about right.
Edited by Attica, 18 December 2011 - 01:45 PM.