Cinematic, picturesque, vivid, full of life and emotion: one can barely begin to describe ‘Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir’ in so few words. This intriguing story from France pulls in the audience with its well-constructed story about restaurant workers who make their own silent films, in light of the terrors of World War I. Costumes, props, backdrops, and a suitable soundtrack embellish the film being shot while we see the process by the filmmakers. The actors are skillful and clever; as they make ships sail and carriages run with their amusing, homemade special effects, the story manages to pull you in and hold you in its clutches. Humorous and sentimental, for a foreign language play to maintain an audience’s attention for four hours is nothing short of genius.
Lowland Hall, 23-28 Aug (not 26), 6.00pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Ana-Claudia Magaña]