12 minutes of near still images isn’t my idea of thrilling film making. A seemingly abandoned town devoid of human life is a bleak picture to paint. Jakov Torić says in his director’s statement that he has not yet what he is looking for “in the form of cinematic expression”. Perhaps then, neither have we. This piece feels unfinished and yet, one might ask what satisfaction can there be for a film entitled Post Mortem?
Torić has juxtaposed the eerie images of lonely waterslides and idyllic, but abandoned beaches with a ghostly soundtrack of the life that might once have inhabited this strange almost post-apocalyptic place. Murter is in fact the place, an Island in the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea, famous for its Olive Oil, sandy beaches and Ancient history. It’s scenery wouldn’t look out of place in an exotic holiday brochure and yet Torić contemplates the bittersweet nature of such a destination. Playing with contradictory sound and image, Torić chooses to fill his barren landscape with the sound of our expectations; Children playing, dogs barking, the sea breeze blowing and music filling the frame. Although one can see artistic merit in what Torić is trying to achieve, his experimentation falls flat.
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