TIFF 2018 Review: STYX (Germany/Austria 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.

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“Styx” depicts the transformation of a strong woman torn from her contented world during a sailing trip. When she becomes the only person to come to the aid of a group of refugees …See full summary »


Wolfgang Fischer

In Greek mythology STYX is the river that separates the human world from the underworld.  Wolfgang Fischer’s second feature, STYX, begins with a well filmed night accident in Gibraltar where an emergency doctor comes to the rescue.  This doctor is the film’s subject. Rike (Susanne Wolff) leaves for on a solo voyage across the Atlantic (reason not given).   

She decides to take on the high seas with her 12-metre yacht but gets more then she bargained for.  She encounters a monster storm followed by a mammoth human decision on a moral scale as to what to do when she encounters a sinking refugee ship.  

Not much story and with minimal dialogue so that the film lags a little, but still occasionally full of emotional impact, STYX is magnificently shot with stunning cinematography by Benedict Neuenfelsthat that will leave one spellbound.  The night storm scene demands mention.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nms5HUNbQ4


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