Critics' Pick

Vanishing Waves (NR)

Romance 124 April 12, 2013
By Jonathan Kiefer
For those who found Inception too plotty and sexless, Lithuanian director Kristina Buozyte's sleek sci-fi reverie is hereby advised. One day, a mild-mannered young brain researcher (Marius Jampolskis) reclines in a laboratory coffin-bathtub thing, plugging his mind into that of an unknown coma patient (Jurga Jutaite). Soon floating in some infinite dream-ocean, he finds her lying unconscious in water and administers mouth-to-mouth, whereupon she wakes into a hungry kiss. Science! "It was all very abstract," he then lies to his lab-mates. "Maybe the details will come back to me later." Clearly he wants back in that tub, and in dream girl's arms. You would too: She's gorgeous, available, perpetually horny, and moody only in the most intriguing ways. Later, in the shared subconscious, he verges ominously ever closer to her original incapacitating trauma; in real life, he tries to track her down and wake her up. Well, these are ways of asking for trouble. Buozyte and her co-writer and "visual style author" Bruno Samper make the most of pricey-looking production design, cocooning their leads in soft white light, prowling dolly shots, and shimmering special effects. Helped along by ambient soundscapes, sensuality takes priority over a sometimes spread-thin story, complete with the occasional "huh?" moments that are the birthright of Euro-earnest head trips. Fine performances, particularly from Jutaite, give the film its uneasy charge. As the Smiths song asks, "Do you really think she'll pull through?"
Kristina Buozyte Brice Fournier, Frédéric Andrau, Sharunas Bartas, Rasmante Burzaite, Arnoldas Eisimantas, Martina Jablonskyte, Marius Jampolskis, Rudolfas Jansonas, Gabija Jaraminaite, Jurga Jutaite, Frédéric Andrau Kristina Buozyte, Bruno Samper Ieva Norviliene Artsploitation Films


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