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Follows Sara, who recently divorced and decided to register for a 'From Fear to Love' retreat on the Italian volcanic island of Stromboli but she is confronted with the painful past she has been trying to hide.
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Elise Schaap comes well ahead dramatically, but the rest remains somewhat covered in her shadow.
Stromboli is a new drama directed by Michiel van Erp, director of Nobody in the City. The film is an adaptation of the book of the same name, written by Saskia Noort.
The film follows Sara (Elise Schaap),who tries to escape her past and present situation. For this she traveled to the small Italian volcanic island of Stromboli with a suitcase filled with vodka and a body and mind filled with traumatic problems. Secretly she hopes that the volcano will erupt and that she can be freed from all this misery.
At her lowest point of misery, Sara ends up with a society filled with people who also carry their own traumas and problems with them. The society is led by the guru Jens (Christian Hillborg). He tries to steer all members in a direction so that they are confronted with their problems and traumas and can hopefully overcome them.
With this film they try to create a powerful film about people who are at a low point in their lives due to various traumas and other difficulties. This is a well-known subject in the film world and can therefore come across as a familiar thing. Fortunately, Elise Schaap gets enough time and opportunities to develop her character and the traumas that the character carries with her in the film. This is only brought up in short flashbacks at first, but is made clearer later when you learn exactly what happened to her character.
Unfortunately, they did add some unnecessary comedic moments to the film, trying to shed some light on the trauma of the main character. This just often doesn't come across as appropriate in the story and creates some special and unnecessary moments.
The other actors who play the rest of the society don't get enough time to bring out all the traumas and problems of their characters. Because of this, some can come across as vague or unclear in the film. In the film, the guru and other members are also more concerned with Sara's problems and she remains somewhat in the shadows with the rest with their problems. If they had found a better balance in this, the film and the characters would have come across a bit more realistic. Too many coincidences in the film make the film itself a bit more unrealistic.
Forced, heavy and many loose ends
I don't know why this gets such a high rating. The story is not really that great. It's a dutch movie with a lot of english in it. But watching people work out there trauma in a really really forced way is maybe artistic but not fun. The story is comes up as a mystery and has a lot of loose ends.
I didn't laugh once, and the drama was just not for me. But it felt like a movie that wanted to be something but didn't hit the spot. It was mostly people being vague and saying stop i can not do this. And what was the whole point of the valcano? Maybe it was some sort of metaphor but it didn't work for me.