Review: Fire at Sea

Fire at Sea is a bit of a tricky film, starting with its self-contradictory title, (it’s apparently the name of a song, but a graphic at the end suggests the filmmaker is very much aware of the power of a contradiction).

It’s very difficult to classify Gianfranco Rosi’s film, (though why anyone needs to classify it…). It feels far too sharp and incisive to be a documentary, and yet every element of the film screams naturalism. Perhaps the colours are a touch too bright, or the action feels a little too unnatural, (the film was rumoured to inspire a string of walkouts when it played as the CEO’s Choice prior to the festival). The story is that of an immigrant community in Lampedusa in Southern Sicily and revolves around a young boy, but this may be only a part of the larger story at hand. Rosi is the first director ever to have won the Golden Bear at Venice with a documentary, but don’t hold that against the film. Watch it and decide for yourself.

Charles Trapunski is a tutor and writer based out of Toronto. He spends much of his time editing the works of others, so he finds it refreshing to author his own ideas. He believes that Back to the Future is the Platonic Ideal of a Hollywood film.

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