1h 44m | Drama | Release date: February 8, 2023 (France)
David Depesseville takes a largely observational approach to the story of young Samuel (Mirko Giannini), a traumatized orphan on the cusp of teenagehood trying to adjust to life with his new, rural foster family, headed by the overwhelmed but sympathetic Marie (Jehnny Beth) and the violent Clément (Bastien Bouillon). With an elliptical approach, Depesseville gently touches upon Samuel’s difficulties coming to terms with his remote substitute parents and brothers, his sexual awakening with the girl next door, and, most disturbingly, the improper attention Marie’s troubled brother seems to devote to the boys. With a gentle, unhurried, but compelling style, Depesseville transports the viewer into the boy’s mundane world, while, in a bold stylistic move, also offering the possibility for the child’s spiritual transcendence.
Astrakan is a social allegory disguised as a coming-of-age tale imbued with the latent cringe cruelty of Todd Solondz’s poetics. Using religious imagery and child trauma, the French bucolic is a fusion of rustic and magical realism, a seemingly banal portrait of a family’s mishaps caused by a cognitive dissonance exposes society’s collective cognitive dissonance and the hypocrisies it has been running on and raising the next generation in.
Director: David Depesseville
Writers: Clara Bourreau, David Depesseville
Stars: Mirko Giannini, Jehnny Beth, Bastien Bouillon
Country of origin: France
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4
File size : 2.89 GiB
Duration : 1 h 40 min
Overall bit rate : 4 124 kb/s
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