‘What Do We See When We Have a look at the Sky?’ Assessment: However I Digress


“What Do We See When We Have a look at the Sky?” It’s a very good title and higher query and, very similar to the film connected to it, the reply simply spirals off in numerous instructions. We have a look at the sky itself, after all, the darkish and light-weight clouds. We have a look at rainbows and lightning, smog and smoke, tall timber and taller buildings, hovering birds and buzzing bugs, although in observe we don’t usually really have a look at the world, which suggests we don’t see it or its on a regular basis wonders, terrors and adventures — which is to this film’s level.

Pleasing, exasperating, poignant and coy, “What Do We See” is a unfastened, exceedingly leisurely meander by means of a sequence of momentous and banal moments that happen throughout an amble by means of the Georgian metropolis of Kutaisi. It’s a romantic story of two bewitched folks, although the filmmaker Alexandre Koberidze is way extra within the small dramas frequently unfolding within the completely unusual world round them — typically good in its very ordinariness. He’s concerned with youngsters enjoying within the park, canine jauntily sauntering within the streets, a restaurant proprietor hustling for higher enterprise — all of the stuff that the majority motion pictures use as mortar to carry the narrative blocks collectively.

Quickly after “What Do We See” begins, it appears to be settling into storytelling gear with an unusually staged and framed encounter. The assembly begins with a tiny hen, a sparrow maybe, flying into an in any other case empty shot of a sidewalk. The hen picks up a twig and simply because it flies out of the shot, two strangers, Lisa (Oliko Barbakadze) and Giorgi (Giorgi Ambroladze), enter the body from reverse instructions, by chance bumping into one another. She drops her e book, he picks it up. They alternate apologies and proceed strolling, although within the unsuitable route. They flip round and bump up once more. The e book drops, they go within the unsuitable route, course right and exit to go about their day.

Lisa is sporting pink pants and Mary Jane flats with out socks; he’s sporting brown pants and lace-up footwear with socks. You realize this as a result of all through this amusingly, exactly choreographed encounter, the digital camera stays mounted on the decrease a part of their our bodies, reducing off simply above their knees. You need to search for however can’t, and solely see their faces once they’ve gone off of their separate lives, the place she works as a pharmacist and he appears to be knowledgeable soccer participant. Later that night time, they run into one another once more, although it’s laborious to inform as a result of the digital camera is now at a terrific distance. This time, they make a date to satisfy at a restaurant, a promise they involuntarily don’t preserve.

That’s the story although this scarcely describes the film, which quickly folds in a dollop of magical realism that finds the characters reworked into two different-looking folks and now embodied by different actors, with Lisa 2 performed by Ani Karseladze and Giorgi 2 by Giorgi Bochorishvili. This metamorphosis places a kibosh on their date (they will’t acknowledge one another) and creates different issues as a result of neither can bear in mind methods to do their jobs. But as his characters grapple with their new identities, Koberidze (who additionally narrates) retains spinning off right here and there to take a look at, and speak about, effectively, the whole lot else, if largely romping youngsters, wandering canine and plenty and plenty of soccer.

The cumulative charms of those narrative byways fade as Koberidze’s meandering extends to 2 and a half hours, although the top part is wonderful and there’s a lot to understand a couple of film that reminds you that at instances the most effective components of a shaggy-dog story are the ostensible pointless ones.

“What Do We See” is a reasonably apparent labyrinth (you gained’t get misplaced), however in demanding a lot of your time it asks you to think about what we see after we watch the sky — or a movie. Most motion pictures seize your consideration with noise and nonsense however quickly fade. Against this, although I muttered about Koberidze’s pokiness whereas watching, I couldn’t cease occupied with the film afterward. I railed in opposition to it (in my head) and saved railing and, after some time, realized, effectively, I actually did prefer it, in spite of everything.

What Do We See When We Have a look at the Sky?
Not rated. In Georgian, with subtitles. Working time: 2 hours 30 minutes. In theaters.

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