TIFF 2018 Review: ANIARA (Sweden 2018) ***

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2018. Go to TIFF 2018 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

Aniara Poster
A spaceship carrying settlers to Mars is knocked off course, causing the consumption-obsessed passengers to consider their place in the universe.

Directors:

Pella Kagerman (as Pella Kågerman), Hugo Lilja

Writers:

Pella Kagerman (as Pella Kågerman), Hugo Lilja |1 more credit »

This is a sci-fi disaster film based on a prescient epic poem by Swedish Nobel Prize winner Harry Martinson that could very well be a based on true fact event set in the not too far distant future.  
A ship carrying settlers to Mars is knocked off course, causing the consumption-obsessed passengers to consider their place in the universe.   ANIARA is the name of one of several ships launched into space to start anew on Mars.   ANIARA is also a giant shopping mall, but once the accident occurs, no one knows when they will go back on course towards Mars.  The film tracks the time period of the time of the accident, a few weeks after, then a few months after followed by years after.  
The settlers get addicted to a room where the protagonist (Emilie Jonsson) runs a computer that can recall their best memories (nods to Kore-eda’s AFTER LIFE).  The premise is excellent coupled with great production sets but the film’s narrative stays dead ended.
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