Look Both Ways
Filmfest 2006

Nothing but catastrophes. On the TV there is news that a train has run off the rails with a high death count. A young woman returning from her father’s funeral encounters another rail disaster when a passerby is cut down by a suburban train. The train driver is numb with shock and guilt. The photographer who records the event has just been diagnosed with cancer. Death peers from every scene, though the film doesn’t leave you with a feeling of tragedy nor even melancholy. On the contrary, it’s remarkably calm and sometimes distant, displaying an inner serenity which stems from the way it does not simply contemplate death, but rather, it celebrates life in the face of death... For a first feature film, it’s daring and courageous to develop multiple, intertwining storylines rather than to concentrate on a single plot. In an elegant and skilful way, Watt develops characters and unfolds episodes that refer indirectly to each other, with the death on the train track as the central generative element. She links these plot strands in a sort of networking dramaturgy. Klaus Eder, www.fipresci.org

tags: Feature film

Cast: Justine Clark, William McInne, Anthony Hayes

Credits

Director: Sarah Watt