I tempi felici verranno presto [Happy Times Will Come Soon] (2016)

I tempi felici verranno presto
Director: Alessandro Comodin
Writer: Alessandro Comodin, Milena Magnani
Cast: Erikas Sizonovas, Luca Bernardi, Sabrina Seyvecou, Marco Giordana, Carlo Rigoni
Seen on: 5.10.2016

Tommaso (Erikas Sizonovas) and Arturo (Luca Bernardi), who may or may not be brothers, appear on the run and escape into the woods where they make a life for themselves, at least for a while. Years later there are legends about the woods, the story of a white wolf and a girl who fell in love with him. Ariane (Sabrina Seyvecou) decides to explore the woods and meets Tommaso who seems semi-feral. But they do get closer.

I tempi felici verranno presto feels like a modern attempt at capturing the magical, out of this world feeling of the fairy tales of old. And while that sounds like an intriguing idea, unfortunately the film lacks coherence and doesn’t work.

I’m not sure if I’m supposed to understand what went on in the film, because I really don’t. Of course, I can start making my own theories about the impressionistic images and the achronological development of the plot and how it all fits together and where it doesn’t, but honestly, the film never inspires enough interest for me to actually put that much thought work into it.

It also doesn’t help that a lot of it takes place in the dark and that it’s not only difficult to understand what’s going on at times, but that sometimes it’s simply really difficult to even see what’s going on.

The fairy tale logic and the images do manage to build up a kind of draw that pulls at you in an attempt to draw you in, but that pull is never strong enough, or goes on for long enough to actually succeed in this attempt. I remained a more or less bewildered onlooker of cryptic events.

Maybe if Comodin hadn’t tried to rework all narrative conventions at once, while still keeping a narrative, so that there was at least some coherence to it, I would have been more into the film. But as is, I just have to say that it failed.

Summarizing: Skip it.

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