Director: Milcho Manchevski
Cast: Borce Nacev
This film is Macedonia's submission to Oscar 2008.
Despite a car crash, the protagonist survived miraculously. It could be a blessing in disguise as he seemed to suffer from visions of the dead. Aptly titled as "Shadows", the film is not just about the supernatural, but also about living in the shadows of the others and the past. Unless one is well versed with the history of Macedonia, one may overlook the parabolic plot and symbolic signs, dismissing it simply as a horror film. The first half thrills and chills indeed, but the dead keeps dying repeatedly and reappearing unscathed, such that the scares soon sedate. In essence, the revelation comes too late, but it is an important one. At this stage, audience would have to reconcile their prior assumption of simply a horror film with the important message about humanity and history. In depicting devastation of the dead, the film celebrates life. An ambitious film which may not get its potential depth fully analyzed or appreciated.
3.5 stars out of 5
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