Friday, August 5, 2016
It’s effectively spooky, and moves beyond the clichés of combat into troubling political and metaphysical territory.
A contemporary ghost story that's both unabashedly mystical and thrillingly pulpy.
The ingenious conceit of Neither Heaven Nor Earth, a critical success at Cannes, is to transform the Afghan battlefield—dust and boredom and jolts of explosive violence—into the backdrop for a metaphysical thriller. Jérémie Renier stars as a French army commander who begins to lose the loyalty of his company, as well as his sanity, when soldiers start mysteriously disappearing one by one. Rarely is the madness of war conveyed on screen with such simmering tension and existential fear. Rarely, too, is the ignorance and mistrust between cultures—are the shepherd villagers innocent civilians or Taliban spies?—limned with such poetic insight. A 2016 New Directors/New Films selection. A Film Movement Release.
Click here to view a Q&A with director Clément Cogitore following the film’s screening at the 2016 New Directors/New Films festival.