A labour of love that took three and a half years to make, ‘In the Crosswind’ is a beautiful and timely film that coincides with the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
A black and white requiem to the Baltic people deported to Siberia by Stalin, the film will also take you on a unique and poignant visual journey. In a bold cinematic choice for his debut feature, Estonian director Martti Helde chose to shoot most of his movie using the “tableau vivant” technique, where actors stand still while the camera weaves between them.
The story is based on the real-life letters of a deported Estonian woman to her husband, which constitute the film’s narrative.
The director explains his stylistic choice by mentioning a line in one of the letters that says: “I feel like time has stopped here in Siberia.”
There is no dialogue but an eerie soundtrack composed of dramatic music, background sounds and muffled murmurs, that create a sense of intimacy with the characters.
A brave and successful gamble by a talented young filmmaker, ‘In the Crosswind’ is like no film you have seen before.Film reviews http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/crosswind-film-review-740126