Director Martin De Thurah‘s latest film, Film2, is sure to leave you with a feeling of self-reflection that resolves in a previously unrealized knowledge about yourself, proving itself and its maker to be the best in the business.
The exquisite film carries within itself, mirrors—or rather, characters who continue to mirror and mimic each other. The young, classically ordinary, yet arresting woman is followed around, not only by the camera, but an inconspicuous man who watches her. We think that we’re listening to his thoughts as he captures her every movement, but as the camera and the film zooms out to give us more perspective, we find that it’s his recorded voice we’re listening to and it is privy not only to us. Instead, he’s being listened to by a whole group of people. Therefore, as he watches her, they watch him. And we, quite uncomfortably, yet irresistably set about watching them, watching him, watching her.
The film is exquisitely poetic—not only through the recorded dramatic lyrics of the man as he gazes upon the woman, but also through the incredibly crisp yet hazy cinematography. The film, that holds similar voyeuristic qualities as a previously featured film, The Study of Legs, keeps us hooked on until the credits roll, from where we emerge uncomfortable and disturbed—not by the voyeuristic inclinations we discover in the film, rather the voyeuristic inclinations we happen to discover within ourselves.
Martin De Thurer is a highly acclaimed and renowned filmmaker from Denmark, whose films have been selected to feature in the Cannes Critics Week. He has won numerous awards, most notably, “Best Direction” at the Creative Circles Awards for his IKEA commercial.