SIFF 2014: Red Knot ***

By Dennis Hartley

(Originally posted on Digby’s Hullabaloo on May 24, 2014)

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Bookended by an enigmatic dissolve as mysterious as love itself (Jesus, I sound like a Hallmark card), Scott Cohen’s film focuses on the complexities of human relationships. Newlyweds Peter and Chloe (Vincent Kartheiser and Olivia Thirlby) are honeymooning on a research vessel headed for Antarctica. They’re still getting to know each other; there’s nothing like being stuck together on a boat to bring latent issues to the fore. Increasingly squally seas become a metaphor for the couple’s increasingly tempestuous gulf. Will their love weather this storm, or dash them on the rocks, leaving them stranded, alone in their arctic desolation? Initially, I thought “Lost in Translation meets March of the Penguins“, but it’s more of a mumblecore take on Letter Never Sent. A meditation on love, nature, and the fact that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Recommended…but you must be patient, grasshopper.

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