During the Fantasia Film Festival, I had the opportunity to review the black and white film, NOVEMBER, from director Rainer Sarnet. It was a film that was hard to explain and though it was beautiful in its execution it left me feeling unsettled and a bit disturbed. Now this adaptation of an Estonian novel is finally getting the chance to be seen on the big screen!
In this tale of love and survival in 19th century Estonia, peasant girl Liina longs for village boy Hans, but Hans is inexplicably infatuated by the visiting German baroness that possesses all that he longs for. For Liina, winning Hans' requited love proves incredibly complicated in this dark, harsh landscape where spirits, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself converge, where thievery is rampant, and where souls are highly regarded, but come quite cheap.
With alluring black and white cinematography, director Rainer Sarnet vividly captures these motley lives as they toil to exist - but is existence worth anything if it lacks a soul?
NOVEMBER opens theatrically in New York City on February 23rd, and in Los Angeles on March 2nd.