The set-up of your film is certainly striking. (It reminded me a little of Isao Takahata’s Gauche the Cellist, in which a young boy serenades animals with his cello, although that film’s tone is very different!) The room is intriguing—the curios that decorate it sparked my imagination, making me wonder who this woman might be. The desaturation works well, not only in creating a certain icy mood, but also because it brings the colours of the animals and woman closer together, establishing a kind of kinship between them.
As the voiceover narration suggests, the film is premised on the idea that animals observe and judge us, and that we may learn something if we try to act according to their standards.
The camera emphasises this idea of the animal gaze by filming them intently, often in close-up. While I enjoyed studying the animals’ behaviour—the eagle in particular, as it’s quite unfamiliar to me— I saw animals behaving capriciously: running around, suddenly flapping their wings, looking away from the woman.
Your film is certainly stylish, and clearly based on some deep and complex thoughts about our relationship with the animal kingdom. I like the fact that it tackles this huge subject from an oblique angle.
Beautiful, meaningful, humorful!
Only you can make such a film, completely original, never seen anything like it before.
It evokes a lot of associations and thoughts and that is very beautiful.
A threatening atmosphere, an almost nasty animal thriller, hunter and prey, put together and held by a strong character in search of her own animalism / physicality, her own instinct and her identity, and a desire just as sovereign or blank conceptless to be able to see the other being able to be like the animals and the bird of prey that has also been tamed by her again.
Nice role, also that androgynous what she has.
B. van Lieshout