Film #298: EVOLUTION
2.5 out of 5 stars
Director Lucile Hadzihalilovic (she co-wrote Gaspar Noe’s ENTER THE VOID) brings this beautifully crafted, VERY French, film that puts its visuals ahead of its narrative logic. The director crafts lush, beautiful staged images with a masterful use of muted colors and the confidence to let scenes breathe rather than rush them. The story – something about a boy who lives in a small, seaside village inhabit solely by young boys and single women and discovers the body of a boy in the sea – is vague and borderline confusing, but again… the visuals are exquisite. The characters come off purposefully odd (especially the women with their oddly bleached eyebrows and blank stares) and offer little help in deciphering the narrative. Acting is necessarily stiff and incongruous. Sound Design adds greatly to the weird atmosphere. But again… this is a beautifully constructed film even as it is disjointed and confusing. In the end, EVOLUTION is a SLOW albeit lovely film that fans of such films as THX 1138, STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS, UNDER THE SKIN, WHO CAN KILL A CHILD, HP Lovecraft stories, and the films of David Lynch should enjoy this as they’re okay with a bit of confusion / weirdness and a slow pace. Beautiful, albeit borderline incoherent, visual feast.