Movie: Blood Cells
My Rating: 3 stars
I got the opportunity to watch and advance screener of this moody, British drama from Garden Thieves Pictures. It’s a dreamy, thoughtful look into the mind of a man dealing with intense emotional trauma. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The movie really is exploring one man’s interior, mental life, and his process of working through some difficult issues, so this is almost a silent film. There is a little bit of dialogue when the main character, Adam, interacts with other people. But, we really do get to experience how he’s stumbling through his days through a veil of grief and guilt. It’s a very interesting narrative technique.
Adam is trying to make the decision of whether he should go home to see his brother’s new baby. He hasn’t been back or talked to his family in years because of some deeply painful memories. So, now he has to decide whether he’s going to come to terms with these demons, or hide even deeper.
This movie is also very visually stunning. The story takes us through several different corners of the British countryside and small cities, and the cinematography is absolutely beautiful. The lighting, the score, and the artistic framing, really enhance the story’s brooding tone. This is a quiet, thoughtful movie. So, you should absolutely not sit down to watch this one when you’re in the mood for a little excitement. It’d be better to wait for a moment when you’re feeling introspective, or having an existential crisis. That probably happens often enough that you won’t have to wait too long to view this one. I’ve always believed that there’s a proper time and place for just about every movie.