Bokeh- Film

A 5.5/10.

Iceland is depicted beautifully in this film.The concept is different.You can basically visit Iceland via this movie.The movie is realistic in some ways and boring in others.

Maika Monroe is pretty and realistic.Matt O’Leary plays his part well. The actors I wish were more dynamic, the movie might have had some life in it then.The film is well executed according to their script I believe.The locations are beautiful and shot amazingly. The background music is so beautiful.The actors have chemistry and act well together.The directors  Geoffrey Orthwein and Andrew Sullivan have written as well as directed it.This being their first movie as directors, they have done a good enough job.

Human race comes to an end in this movie, but it is nothing like other successful apocalyptic movies.It is slow, beautiful but slow and without any answers.sometimes the background score is too loud, and the focus is on the music instead of the dialogues.The film just is not entertaining enough to watch, visually its gorgeous but when it comes to your brain, it shall pretty much snore.

“Bokeh,” means the photographic term for blurry parts of a picture produced by variable lens focus.




2 thoughts on “Bokeh- Film

  1. Can someone explain the end of the movie . Why did she kill her self i didn’t get it that much .
    Thank you


  2. We saw it quite differently — here is my review of it:

    Bokeh is not a sci-fi movie! If you are looking for wild special effects, alien interference in human affairs, and the like, watch another movie.

    Bokeh is about relationships: relationship to self (how one develops meaning in oneself); relationship to a significant other; relationship to the social world.

    Who has not awakened on a trip in a strange bedroom and been deeply disoriented for a period of time? Where am I? Am I alone here? Am I oddly disconnected from everything familiar? What do I do?

    What if that period time was not short, but all of the future?

    My wife and I viewed this, and paused several times to ask ourselves a central question: what we would do in a similar situation?

    We also have been pondering some of the central questions raised in the film:
    * What would we do in a world full of material goods but bereft of human contact?
    * How connected/limited to the past are each of us in our relationships?
    * If there are more than just us, how many more is necessary, sufficient?
    * Can beauty and possibility outweigh loneliness and fear?
    * Is this a story about an “Eden” or a “Hell?”
    * Do we despair at the loss of what has been or imagine what is possible in the new norm?
    * How would our lives change if many of our social constructs were suddenly gone?
    * Would you need to know the reason for the change in order to live beyond it, or is it possible to be existential without despair?
    * Why didn’t they visit IKEA? (grin)

    Technically the film is well-made: few if any continuity errors, which would have severely diminished the impact of the movie. The sense of isolation AND the sense of the immense beauty of a place that seems closer to the origins of the earth are beautifully portrayed. The twin elements of the oppressive aloneness AND the amazing abundance (fuel tanks with enough for the foreseeable future, stores with everything two would need, fresh water, geo-thermal warmth, etc.) are evident, palpable.

    (We wonder where the sheep and puffins have all gone …. however we do get ponies and a singular cat.)

    The characters are complex, not just facades: she mourning the death/loss of flowers in the Floral Shop but then romping through the meadow filled with living flowers; he looking beyond the rituals of the past but wanting to complete the burial of the dead. Even Nils in his brief role – why is he dying of thirst next to a pristine freshwater lake?

    We will be back to this movie again (and probably again and again) …. we are thinking of having a house party for some like-minded friends to watch it together followed by some discussion and libations. Hoping it will make it to our little island town on the bigger screen.

    (disclaimer: the scenes of Iceland (Island) are amazing. I am a lover of Iceland who has traveled there often, so it was a coming-home kind of movie in a way. My wife has been there once, found it a great place for a single visit, and is not as enamored with it. Still, she found the story line and its presentation to be engaging and provocative.)


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