Pin It

Film review: "Impossible" 

The centerpiece selection in the Dryden's "Here and Elsewhere" film series, "The Impossible" comes from French experimental filmmaker Sylvain George. Combining elements of political radicalism with formal experimentation, the film examines the current Calais migrant crisis, as refugees fleeing troubled areas like Darfur, Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq attempt to cross the English Channel in the hopes of finding asylum in the United Kingdom. George utilizes a mix of mediums to create a tapestry of images that coalesce into a passionate but enigmatic portrait of a country in revolution. A mostly silent depiction of life in the makeshift refugee encampment known as the "Calais jungle" gives way in the film's second half to footage from student-led social protests in Paris, resulting in a contrast between those able to raise their voices with those whose voices have been willfully silenced. As the first 30 minutes of "The Impossible" are silent, Rochester-based electronic noise musician Martin Freeman will provide live accompaniment during the screening.

Speaking of...

  • Film review: 'Life of the Party'
  • Film review: 'Life of the Party'

    The formulaic film aspires to be both a raucous college comedy and a sweet story about a middle-aged woman learning to get her groove back. Neither thread is entirely satisfying, but what works does so because of Melissa McCarthy's immensely likable presence.
    • May 14, 2018
  • Film review: 'Racer and the Jailbird'
  • Film review: 'Racer and the Jailbird'

    Michaël R. Roskam's film tries to blend a flashy crime-thriller with somber romantic drama as it tracks the relationship between an affluent race car driver and a career criminal with a heart of gold named. But it fails.
    • May 11, 2018
  • Film review: 'Tully'
  • Film review: 'Tully'

    Charlize Theron plays Marlo, an overwhelmed 40-something wife and mother of two children, with a third on the way. Fearing for his sister's well-being, Marlo's brother hires night nanny Tully -- a millennial Mary Poppins.
    • May 2, 2018
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Movie Reviews

  • Film review: 'Let the Sunshine In'
  • Film review: 'Let the Sunshine In'

    Like swiping left through a subtitled version of Tinder for 90 minutes.
    • May 18, 2018
  • Film review: 'Life of the Party'
  • Film review: 'Life of the Party'

    The formulaic film aspires to be both a raucous college comedy and a sweet story about a middle-aged woman learning to get her groove back. Neither thread is entirely satisfying, but what works does so because of Melissa McCarthy's immensely likable presence.
    • May 14, 2018
  • Film review: 'Racer and the Jailbird'
  • Film review: 'Racer and the Jailbird'

    Michaël R. Roskam's film tries to blend a flashy crime-thriller with somber romantic drama as it tracks the relationship between an affluent race car driver and a career criminal with a heart of gold named. But it fails.
    • May 11, 2018
  • More »

More by Adam Lubitow

  • Food for all
  • Food for all

    Rochester's food culture has never existed in a vacuum. In this year's edition of DISH, we focuse less on the food itself and more on the effect those factors like history, tradition, and trends have had on creating the cuisine
    • May 23, 2018
  • Throwback screening of 'Diva' at The Little
  • Throwback screening of 'Diva' at The Little

    The cult film screening, along with live opera and more, is part of the "Diva Festiva" event to raise funds for restorations to the historic theater.
    • May 21, 2018
  • Film review: 'Let the Sunshine In'
  • Film review: 'Let the Sunshine In'

    Like swiping left through a subtitled version of Tinder for 90 minutes.
    • May 18, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Latest in Movie Reviews

  • Film review: 'Let the Sunshine In'
  • Film review: 'Let the Sunshine In'

    Like swiping left through a subtitled version of Tinder for 90 minutes.
    • May 18, 2018
  • Film review: 'Life of the Party'
  • Film review: 'Life of the Party'

    The formulaic film aspires to be both a raucous college comedy and a sweet story about a middle-aged woman learning to get her groove back. Neither thread is entirely satisfying, but what works does so because of Melissa McCarthy's immensely likable presence.
    • May 14, 2018
  • Film review: 'Racer and the Jailbird'
  • Film review: 'Racer and the Jailbird'

    Michaël R. Roskam's film tries to blend a flashy crime-thriller with somber romantic drama as it tracks the relationship between an affluent race car driver and a career criminal with a heart of gold named. But it fails.
    • May 11, 2018
  • More »

More by Adam Lubitow

  • Food for all
  • Food for all

    Rochester's food culture has never existed in a vacuum. In this year's edition of DISH, we focuse less on the food itself and more on the effect those factors like history, tradition, and trends have had on creating the cuisine
    • May 23, 2018
  • Throwback screening of 'Diva' at The Little
  • Throwback screening of 'Diva' at The Little

    The cult film screening, along with live opera and more, is part of the "Diva Festiva" event to raise funds for restorations to the historic theater.
    • May 21, 2018
  • Film review: 'Let the Sunshine In'
  • Film review: 'Let the Sunshine In'

    Like swiping left through a subtitled version of Tinder for 90 minutes.
    • May 18, 2018
  • More »

Browse Listings

Submit an event

Tweets @RocCityNews

© 2018 City Newspaper.

Website powered by Foundation.