2017. Directed By Rainer Sarnet.
By Brian Wallinger
The film November is filled with magic, romance, and dark humor. An art house picture that lies somewhere between madness and unique spectacle, the film is a loose adaption from a novel called "Rehepapp" written by Andrus Kivirark.
The story takes place in an Estonian village that practices Pagan rituals where everything from the plague, werewolves, and other spirits lurk within. The villagers are faced with a struggle for survival, resulting in a scenario where anything goes. People steal from one another and they cross paths with both Christ and the Devil. In order to protect their souls they resort to giving away goods to thieving creatures. Stealing ultimately becomes an obsession and the villagers find themselves on the brink of dying in the name of love for their community.
November is absolutely breathtaking and humanistic, presenting a look at what is forbidden in a place where love for one another, even in darkness, is found in nature. It is in every image of the film. It asks you to consider the meaning and value of life, love, and even sacrifice, presenting a prolonged experiment of the subconscious that explores the depths the human experience.
While the script is immensely powerful script, November's true essence is life that is found in the unforgettable imagery. It's like being in a dream that asks what it means to have a soul and how far would you go for love? This film can be interpreted in various fashions, but for me, it was the understanding that the reality of nature changes through time. We live for a moment and then it's gone, leaving us with nothing except a lingering feeling of a primal, yet human identity.