Luz (2018)

Director: Tilman Singer
Writer: Tilman Singer
Cast: Luana Velis, Johannes Benecke, Jan Bluthardt, Lilli Lorenz, Julia Riedler, Nadja Stübiger
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 28.9.2018

Luz (Luana Velis) is a cab driver who has obviously had a bad night. She comes to a police station, bleeding and in bad shape. Police psychiatrist Dr. Rossini (Jan Bluthardt) conducts the interview with her. But Rossini isn’t quite himself – he is possessed by something that has its own plans with Luz.

Luz is a short film that feels much longer than it has any right feeling. It does have interesting and strong moments, but I couldn’t get into it.

The film poster showing a woman's face with rips in the poster paper showing different faces beneath.

Luz starts with a scene in a bar where Dr. Rossini talks to Nora (Julia Riedler) and that scene was movie magic if you ask me. It was completely strange with absurd cocktails and exaggerated facial expressions that gave the entire scene an out-of-place feeling that I absolutely relished. Plus, Riedler is absolutely fantastic, she gave me goosebumps with her performance.

I was taken with that scene so much that I was honestly disappointed when the film turned away from the preliminaries and towards its main story. I quickly lost interest then and it definitely didn’t help when I also fell asleep for that. The film plays with narrative levels too much to allow for longer periods, nevermind sleeping.

Luana Velis in the film.

In a different state of mind, I can see myself liking this film. I generally like stories that tackle matters of what is real and what isn’t, and that play with different layers. The film obviously appealed to many people – the film won the festival competition. But it just never developed the necessary pull for me to fall into its increasingly fractured storytelling.

It does have very atmospheric moments. But ultimately it just felt very, very long to me – despite only having a runtime of 70 minutes.

Jan Bluthardt and Julia Riedler in the film.

Summarizing: good parts but overall not for me.

2 thoughts on “Luz (2018)

  1. Now that’s really interesting, because the scene in the bar actually was the one part of the movie that didn’t really work for me, exactly because it was so exaggerated. However, as soon as the “interrogation” startet, it came together for me, and worked like a charm. Different strokes for different folks, I guess ;-).

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