I saw this at Utah Film Awards and wasn't quite sure what to expect but it immediately sucked me in with the visuals and music. This is the kind of movie that we need more of. Too many movies these days are so fast and action packed just for the sake of being that way and this is a movie that you want to savor for it's unique visuals and it's a beautiful feast for the eyes. I found myself getting tearful more than once because it reminded me of my little brother who was bullied and invisible in school. This one I recommend and I will be wanting to buy this once it's out.
Rite of the Shaman
Rite of the Shaman
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Kai is a mute high school student who is taking care of his mother. He finds solace in nature, as well as memories of his late shaman grandfather. While trying to cope with the pressures of life at home and intimidation from a bully at school, Kai becomes depressed and begins pushing his loved ones away. He is ultimately faced with a decision. Will he continue down a dark path of negativity? Or, with his grandfather's wisdom as his guide, will Kai embrace his destiny and become the beacon of light that he was meant to be? Rite of the Shaman is about everyday heroes and demonstrates how the smallest acts of kindness can ultimately impact people's lives for the better.
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A drama but also fantasy that has the Feels
A little kindness goes a long way
I saw this tonight for the Utah Film Festival and it'll take some time to process what I've seen. I may add more later. This is a gorgeous film with fantastic cinematography, acting, storyline and oh THAT SCORE. More than anything though it touched me deeply in ways I thought it wouldn't. The world is full of such negativity these days and when people are depressed, they push others, even their loved ones, away. But what would happen if we got the call to do the opposite? What would happen if we took the time to leave positive reviews instead of negative ones? What if our small acts of kindness made the biggest difference in people's lives? This one really made me think and probably will for some time.
Bridging reality with fantasy
This film is well executed. The characters do a wonderful job of drawing you in to cultivate a sense of connection. I cherish storylines that have deep meaning and films that surprise me within the storyline, and the Rite of the Shaman effortlessly ticks both boxes. This is a movie with a powerful message that is creatively woven into elements of fantasy.