Vertraute Fremde [A Distant Neighbourhood] (2010)

Vertraute Fremde is the adaptation of Jirô Taniguchi‘s manga. It was directed by Sam Garbarski and stars Pascal Greggory, Léo Legrand and Alexandra Maria Lara.

Thomas (Pascal Greggory) is a comic artist who has written and drawn one famous series, though he hasn’t been able to continue working for it for quite a while. When he wants to return from a comic con to Paris, he gets on the wrong train and happens to arrive in the village he grew up in. He spends his waiting time reminiscing, finally visiting his mother’s grave. At the cemetary, though, he breaks down – and when he wakes up, he’s a teenager (Léo Legrande) again. Hardly believing it himself, Thomas sets out to understand what made his father leave all those years ago, never to be heard of again.

It’s a nice movie. It’s very well cast and the story itself is interesting. And yet, the film didn’t blow me away. I don’t regret seeing it, but it didn’t leave a lasting impression either.

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