Natural Light Review

In war on screen the visual evocation of battle — such as that of Saving Private Ryan and Apocalypse Now can be an experience of complete immersion, awe and a humbling sensation. The debut film of Denes Nagy film Natural Light, while ravaged landscapes and similarly damaged soldiers create the scene the approach to combat is completely different. In this film are in this film, husk-like Hungarian soldiers are completely oblivious to their situation. They're not consumed by their actions; they've already been devoured by them, hollowed out , and left to stumble onwards.


The gruelling suffering that Corporal Semetka (Ferenc Szabo) and his fellow soldiers can be difficult and its relentless bleakness provides an uncompromising reality that's beautifully constructed, yet it keeps the viewer at a safe distance. The scene of the village and the woods surrounding it is awash in chilling fog that appears to be a symphony that reaches the mind of soldiers. Their solitary mental trance occasionally interrupted by a few stings to the senses, as a result of the loud battle scene or the sharp sting of weapons or the warm scent of the kitchen of the military.

As soldiers become numb to their violent acts, Nagy emphasises minute sensory specifics of their experience with a camera that is close and strict sound design. Slurps of soup or the brushing of hair, and the sucking on a cigarette are carried on, breaking the harsh atmosphere, and making clear the unique pleasures that are discovered during time of war. The same tactility increases the destruction and provides solace in the form of every flame and bullet bringing intense anxiety.

Although impressively realized but the limited storyline doesn't remain awe-inspiring throughout the film, with frequent moments of contemplation feeling dull as well as any connection to emotion left in the frigid. Beyond Semetka the other troops are frozen in and even though Ferenc Szabo is able to bring Semetka to a shattered, terrified in his convictions however, his focus is tiring, resulting in a sometimes vivid, but not an entirely compelling wartime portrayal.


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