After the collapse of Earth’s ecosystem, Vesper, a 13-year-old girl struggling to survive with her paralyzed Father, meets a mysterious Woman with a secret that forces Vesper to use her wits, strength and bio-hacking abilities to fight for the possibility of a future.
Grimmfest Says: A stunningly realised but sobering vision of a pollution-blighted world, and a neo-feudal society collapsing into barbarism, Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper’s high-concept allegorical science fiction eco-fable combines a detailed and credible world-build with jaw-dropping flourishes of lyrical magic realism, in a tale of youthful courage, female strength, predatory patriarchal power structures, and the benefits and costs of genetic engineering. Calling to mind such classic narratives as Robert O’Brien’s Z FOR ZACHARIAH in its resourceful young heroine, and the darker works of John Wyndham, in its depiction of social breakdown and the kinds of brutal opportunists that end up running things, deftly played by a strong cast, and boasting some startling, state-of-the-art VFX work, this is a lucidly intelligent exploration of contemporary concerns, projected into an all-too-plausible speculative future, filled with striking imagery, and with enough ideas to develop into several sequels, should the filmmakers ever wish to do so.
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