The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over The Hills
Status : Completed
Original title : The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over The Hills
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Directed by : Marcin Malaszczak
Cast : Natalie Warlow, Emily Hunt, Emma Koster,Maria Christine Brehmer, Elise Brehmer, Irena Malec-Malaszczak, Stefania Malec, Helena Strzelec, Stanisław Malec, Zofia Siegienczuk, Zofia Borkowska
The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses OverThe Hills is an intimate and raw film about women and female identity. Using both black-and-white and color, this feature, set in Berlin and its environs, and in a small town in Poland takes place in private homes and in public gardens; the worlds seem very tightly contained, even in the open outdoor spaces. The performances are so candid and raw that we are not always sure if this is a narrative or a documentary. Natalie – young, childlike, playful, lives in Berlin. During the day she works with children. At night she parties with her friends, discussing insecurities, hopes and fears. She lives in a dream-like world. She acts out her roles. Which is the real Natalie? Maria stays at home with her young child, Elise. Her contact with the outside world seems only via her balcony, or her own imagination. Elise is oddly adult both child and parent – profound and poetic, nurturing and encouraging. They care for each other. Latent, darker human instincts are played with and suppressed. Life and death mingle in the home. Stefania, an older woman, lives in Poland. She reminisces with others about forgotten people. They discuss disease, loss and death – the ghost of Tadek, whose body turned black when he ripped his infected bladder, and died. What is the connection between these women? Are they alternate realities of the same life? Are they converging memories of an entire lifetime? Under the winter sky, they wonder what they might become and what might have become of them. Time passes ever slower.
Back when families still used to chronicle their lives in photo albums, the summer holidays were often followed by snapshots of Christmas Eve, the interim period slipping away imageless. The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills takes its title from a collection of poems Charles Bukowski wrote for his lover. This film’s depiction of everyday life comes across like poetry as well: three young women on a summer evening in an almost empty apartment. One of them later immerses herself in the sweet presence of small children, yet only for hours at a time, as a nanny. She puts on her make-up and the film slowly shifts to colour; from then on, it takes place in the apartment of a Polish grandmother, crammed full of the evidence of a long life. Friends come by to talk. A man dies. They drink tea. Life goes on. Autumn comes, and then winter: With tender intimacy, the film looks within the cosmos of the private for the moments in which the time in between becomes concentrated in the gaze of the horses running by. A touching illusion emerges, as if Marcin Malaszczak managed to capture the fleeting moments of life between its turning points on film.
Produced by : Mengamuk Films, Hot Metal Films & Balabusta
Year : 2015
Nationality : Germany, Poland, USA
Language : English, German, Polish
Length : 73 min
Screening : DCP
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