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Fissures (aka Ecoute Le Temps/2006/Life Size DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Film: C



Inspired by the likes of Run Lola Run, Alanté Kavaité’s Fissures (aka Ecoute Le Temps/2006) gives us a young sound engineer (Emilie Dequenne) who thinks she may be able to pick up previous audio long gone on her recording unit, but is catching it as if she were many miles away in outer space as if the sound of speed circled back in the same direction it once originated.  There is no science fiction about it here, but when her mother is murdered and the device is still working as such, she is ready to try and find out the truth about what happened.


Of course, the idea has been done before with audio in real time with Francis Coppola’s The Conversation (1974) and Brian De Palma’s Blow Out (1981), but this does not always generate that kind of suspense.  Yet, it is also not a gimmick film or tries to sensationalize things, down to a sequence that reminded me of David Cronenberg’s Spider a bit.  Though ambitious, Fissures does not quite fizzle, but goes flat before it hits the mark.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image was soft in a way suggesting a Super 35mm film shoot or even lesser HD digital shoot, though Director of Photography Dominique Colin tries for some style that makes some sense, yet the color is still gutted more than one might like.  Detail is also a major issue.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is dialogue-based, has more silence and ambience than you might expect to its advantage, plus sound effects that are interesting at times. That is good, but don’t expect a spectacular sound field either.  Extras include excerpted scenes and a trailer.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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