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Ivul Review

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When Alex (Jacob Auzanneau) is caught during inappropriate games with his sister, his dad Ivul (Jean-Luc Bideau) banishes him from home asking to never step foot on the lands again. Alex, then spends the rest of his time living up in the trees watching over his family and their dynamics.

★★★★★

Banished by father Jean-Luc Bideau from his French home after an incestuous flirt with sister Adélaïde Leroux, Jacob Auzanneau vows never to set foot on the ground again. Inspired by Andrew Kötting’s own father-son relationship, this has ambitions to be a visionary fairy tale, but while the action is tinged with surreal melancholia, Kötting’s focus on form over content weakens his insights. Strewn with offcuts from home movies and eclectically scored by Christian Garcia, it’s fleetingly fascinating, but the plot’s beset by pseudo-literary melodramatics. Kötting’s aesthetic impulses and irreverent sense of humour are exceptional, but his grandiloquent style is something of an acquired taste.

Although Andrew Kötting's film has the potential for something great it seems that over -thinking and too much focus on style has taken away from the content and unfortunately will not be everybody's cup of tea.

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